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 us for Cornell's first Climate Action Week, a call to action on climate change, featuring conversations, actions, tours, and community-building. 

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).


The Sustainable Cornell Council provided an update on campus sustainability progress and priorities in a virtual address in September 2022. Watch the accessible recording of this event.


Calling all sustainability community members! The Sustainable Cornell Council and Campus Sustainability Office cordially invites all members of the Cornell community - including students, faculty, staff, spouses, and alumni -  to a fun mix and mingle event to network and celebrate our common goals and work towards campus sustainability.


Learn practical ways to make your organization’s events more sustainable, from concept to clean-up. Register for one of the workshops today: 9/29, 10/17.

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.