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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Join the two-month campaign to reduce waste, improve reuse and recycling, and rethink our campus relationship to goods and materials.  2024 campaign begins February 12th and event organizing is open to all campus partners.


The Sustainable Cornell Council provided an update on campus sustainability progress and priorities in a virtual address in February 2024. Watch the accessible recording of this event.

Food on a plate

Serving more plant-based meals is a big win for Cornell’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2035.


Join the Sustainable Cornell Council for an update on the progress, priorities, and projects advancing our carbon neutral campus and sustainability efforts on the Cornell Ithaca campus.


Ensure the sustainability of your celebrations by making simple, cost-saving decisions that are environmentally friendly.

Students unplugging  an appliance

Unplug and power down your space before winter break

 Robin Wall Kimmerer

On November 1st, Robin, a mother, scientist, writer, decorated professor, and Citizen Potawatomi Nation member, will have a day full of events, including a discussion about her book "Braiding Sweetgrass," exploring the profound connection between humans and Mother Earth.

Aerial view Cornell includes Wilson Lab and Cayuga Lake

Lake Source Cooling (LSC) will annually save the university 4 million gallons of water usage and $50,000 in electricity costs...

Meet Our Solar Mowers. Sheep provide the mowing at all Cornell solar farms - eliminating fossil fuels and benefitting pollinators and local farmers. This model has expanded across NY State.

Solar project plans hold the potential for Cornell to complete it's 100% renewable electricity goal


Cornell is the only institution of higher education in the world to receive the highest possible sustainability rating—STARS Platinum—for four consecutive years