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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Logo for residential compost managers at Cornell

The full residential compost program will continue at Cornell after amendments and cessation to the program during COVID-19.  The initiative is seeking volunteers to help reduce waste and encourage composting education in residential communities.

A small 'mini-bin' standing next to other waste reduction materials

After a successful pilot in one large administrative building on campus cut landfill waste from offices by half, new "trash mini-bins" have been rolled out to staff offices across Cornell in a bid to reduce waste and increase recycling as part of sustainable campus behavior.

Compost bucket

Help reduce food waste by managing composting now available in residential communities. Sign-up by Sept 24th.

Students hanging out in dorm room

The Residential Sustainability Leaders are launching a Green Room Certification pilot this Spring. Help us test the certification - and make your living space more sustainable - by being one of the first to sign up. 

Inside a steel manufacturing plant.

Sludge, slag and other waste produced by the steel industry are not only hazardous to the environment, but can be expensive for companies to discard. A new research project led by Cornell will seek an integrated approach to turning that waste into valuable materials using a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Greek Life, already, is unsustainable environmentally. Overuse of plastics and metal cans combined with poor recycling practices is disastrous for sustainability. And COVID-19 isn’t making these problems any easier to solve.


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! 

compost collection bucket with residential hall labelled

In the fifth year of the campus Residential Compost Program, participating communities helped to divert over five tons of food waste with support from over 40+ student and staff volunteers. 

Woman holding pipette in lab

Checklist for quickly ramping down research activities during COVID-19 reduced research schedule.

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).