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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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Solar panels on Cornell's North Campus residence halls

Solar now supplies 35% of the new North Campus residence hall complex's annual electricity needs.

Person speaks into microphone in lecture hall

Cornell's first-ever Climate Action Week on November 14-18th brought together the Cornell community with conversations, workshops, and rallies on climate change and carbon neutrality.

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Before leaving campus for winter break, spring break, and other holidays throughout the year, follow these simple tips to save energy in your office, common areas, labs, residential rooms and spaces.

Aerial view of the Cornell University Borehole Observatory site

Join members of the CUBO project team on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to learn more about CUBO and the possible next steps for moving toward a sustainable means of heating campus.

Aerial view of the Cornell University Borehole Observatory site

The nearly 2-mile deep borehole observatory will help the university determine whether to move forward with a proposed plan to warm the Ithaca campus with Earth Source Heat (ESH).

Airplane on runway

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

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.