Campus Sustainability News

News on campus sustainability initiatives, emerging programs, rankings, awards, student initiatives, green teams, and more from across the Cornell University campus.

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Student sitting on truck holding a compost bucket

Looking to make your event more sustainable?  Hire a "compost crew" of student volunteers for your next campus event to help attendees dispose of organic food waste properly. 

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Calling all sustainability community members! The Sustainable Cornell Council and Campus Sustainability Office cordially invites all members of the Cornell community - including students, faculty, staff, spouses, and alumni -  to a fun mix and mingle event to network and celebrate our common goals and work towards campus sustainability.

Welcome sign in front of jars of food

The new certification and consultation program was designed to help campus event organizers, from student teams to large-scale efforts like commencement, plan and execute event sustainability in food, waste, transportation, purchasing, and more. An easy certification checklist allows organizers to receive a badge for use in event advertising to create a culture of campus sustainability awareness and engagement.

Students celebrating Sustainability Month Ho Plaza

Cornell University celebrates the 14th Annual Sustainability Month.

People dancing in Ho Plaza

Free event! Music,dancing, sustainably-sourced food, photo booth, local greenery, sustainable DIY projects and Touchdown in a tux, and more! Saturday, March 26 8:00pm to 11:00pm WSH Memorial Room.

Aja Barber, a black woman, next to the title of her book on colonialism and climate change in the fashion industry

Looking for ways to make sustainable change happen both individually and collectively? Join the Sustainable Cornell Book Club, featuring  Consumed | The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism. First 75 people that sign up will receive free copies.

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Recognize an employee who demonstrates sustainability leadership with actions big or small in the new Cornell University HR Recognition Portal.  Monthly winners will be given prizes and be entered into the prestigious annual sustainability awards for the end of the year.

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Compete in Cornell’s Sustainability ‘Goosechase’ Scavenger Hunt! Competition Runs August 30th - September 30th. Open to all Cornell students and employees.

Students carrying pots in a greenhouse at Cornell, wearing masks during COVID19

 Cornell University celebrates all things sustainability during the entire month of April.  This year, join a new Green Room Certification pilot, become a Residential Composter, attend a virtual student sustainability leadership conference, and more.

Researcher using lab freezer

Join Cornell in participating in the 5th annual International Laboratory Freezer Challenge. Participating labs will compete against fellow Cornell labs as well as laboratories around the world as they are guided in implementing best practices in cold storage management to achieve greater energy efficiency, sample integrity, and sample access.