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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Solar panels

Max Zhang, a professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been awarded a 2 ½-year, approximately $200,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for work aimed at determining efficient solar farm array configurations to avoid land-use conflicts or spoiling precious agricultural space.

The Bioswale Garden at Cornell Botanic Gardens cleanses stormwater runoff from the adjacent parking lot, before it flows into Beebe Lake.

Cornell’s Sustainable Landscapes Trail now can be explored virtually, in a new narrated video tour from Cornell Botanic Gardens.
The 16 sites on the trail promote open spaces, natural areas and landscapes with unique sustainability features that enhance and promote healthy ecosystems. Most of these features were designed with staff, student, faculty and research collaboration.

The bright green algal blooms are prominent along the shore of Lake Victoria’s Kisumu Bay in Keny

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant for Cornell researchers to study the health dangers, changes in the lake food web, and socioeconomic challenges that arise when algal blooms produce toxins.

The solar power-generating trailer, developed by the Cornell University Sustainability Design group, shown here on the Arts Quad.

Designed and created by CUSD’s Solarize team, the solar power-generating trailer will help Cornell reduce carbon emissions while raising awareness of Cornell’s environmental initiatives, aimed at helping the campus achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.  

Cascadilla Community Solar Farm, as seen from a drone in summer

Cornell reached a symbolic milestone in its journey to carbon neutrality when the campus power use was completely met by renewable energy last month.

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During the month of April and beyond, choose actions that you can take in your daily life that help contribute to global sustainability and a more peaceful, just, and thriving planet.  Cornell will compete as a team against other Universities in New York - it's easy to get started! 
 

Woman interviewing for a film

Residents on North Campus can attend a free dinner & discussion while watching short documentaries on sustainability topics this Spring. (NOTE: The first event is still on for Sunday March 15th. Check this post or the Cornell events calendar for updates on the remaining films).

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Cornell’s Grounds Department recently introduced an electric push mower in order to reduce our carbon footprint every time landscape work needs to be done.

Testing water at Buttermilk Falls

Testing a new water monitoring technology that, if approved by New York state and federal authorities, could drastically reduce the time state park swim areas must close when water is suspected of being unswimmable.

Shore erosion in Hamlin

Three grants from the New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) program, will aid Cornell coastal science research projects along the Great Lakes.