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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Airplane on runway

Departments and teams can join a pilot program to reduce the carbon footprint of air travel.

Plugging electronics into a smart power strip

Apply for $1000 to implement an energy-saving project in a Cornell dorm, office, lab, shop, or other campus space. Applications will open on November 15th, 2022.

Students pass Goldwin-Smith Hall on the Arts Quad

A new mini-grants program funded by the Campus Sustainability Office and Energy & Sustainability Department provided $1,000-$2,000 funds for three campus teams to implement energy-saving measures in lighting, lab equipment, and more. 

Students sitting in Statler Hall reading by a window

Renovations to Statler Hall as part of the Energy Conservation Initiative have yielded energy and carbon savings on campus.

Ice build-up blocks access to samples, indicates a leak gasket, or inhibits freezer performance

Cornell laboratories reduced energy use by targeting freezers in the international Freezer Challenge, which encourages friendly competition between research-intensive laboratories that rely on cold storage.

Drilling site

Visit the  borehole site on Tuesdays, from noon to 1 p.m., when staff and faculty will be available to learn more about Earth Source Heat.

Student walking across campus with snow on buildings

Cornell's annual Energy Smackdown and Winter Setback programs saved the campus energy and money in December of 2021, and encouraged campus community members to understand and engage in energy-reducing behaviors that reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Freezer that needs defrosting

Calling all labs with cold storage! Join the annual Freezer Challenge at Cornell University where labs perform key management practices to achieve greater energy efficiency, improve sample accessibility, reduce risk, save costs, and boost freezer reliability. Register by April 30th

A group gathers next to Beebe Lake to celebrate the hydroplant relicensing

Cornell’s oldest renewable energy system – the campus hydroelectric plant located on Beebe Lake - has been approved for another forty years of clean energy production after a successful five year recertification process.

Energy Smackdown

Energy Smackdown - the annual energy saving competition- begins December 1st.  This year, students will face off against faculty & staff and the Campus Sustainability Office has launched a new Campus Energy Reduction Grant of up to $1,000.