Campus Sustainability News

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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.

Two event names for sustainability networking at Cornell described in detail in this article

The Sustainable Cornell Council will provide an update on Cornell's sustainability progress and opportunities for networking and connection during the Fall “State of Cornell Sustainability'' Address and Mix & Mingle networking night.

Orientation leader helping student.

Become a peer-to-peer educator and create a culture of sustainability.

compost bucket

Help reduce food waste by managing composting now available in residential communities. Sign-up by Sept 2nd.


Compete in Cornell’s Sustainability ‘Goosechase’ Scavenger Hunt! Competition Runs September 1st - September 15th. Open to all Cornell students and employees.