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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The student sustainability umbrella organization - Cornell Environmental Collaborative - presents Sustainability Field Day on Saturday, May 7th from 10am-2pm on the arts quad for games and activities related to this year's theme : waste reduction.

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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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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.

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The Beyond Waste Campaign in 2022 harnessed campus engagement and national competition to reduce waste and rethink our relationship to disposable goods and products.

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Reusable Mug Program is back! Save 10% when you bring your mug to Cornell dining halls.

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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.

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Learn practical ways to make your organization’s events more sustainable, from concept to clean-up. Register for one of the workshops today: 3/7, 3/31.

AJa Barber

Explore intersections of sustainability, racism, wealth inequality, privilege, feminism, the fashion industry - and  what you can do about it. Registration required.  #Beyond Waste

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Join the two-month campaign to reduce waste, improve reuse and recycling, and rethink our campus relationship to goods and materials.  2022 campaign begins February 14th and event organizing is open to all campus partners.

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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.