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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Sustainability ranking seals from 2021

Cornell soared to the top of national and international ratings and rankings assessing our campus sustainability efforts in 2021.  Let's see how we stand up to the competition (and where there is still work to do).

Researcher using lab freezer

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.

A set of Phade straw boxes

Cornell dining to phase in Phade biodegradable straws.


Compete in Cornell’s Sustainability ‘Goosechase’ Scavenger Hunt! Competition Runs August 30th - September 30th. Open to all Cornell students and employees.


Join the 40+ student organizations representing sustainability on campus for a tour of their activities, how to get involved, and the full range of amazing projects happening on campus! 

Compost bucket

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

Green revolving investment dashboard for energy conservation savings at cornell

Deep investments in energy efficiency at Cornell have led to financial and energy savings, and reductions to our carbon footprint.  The University has invested in a decades-long Energy Conservation Initiative (ECI) with staff who implement carbon-saving measures such as lighting, heating, and other energy upgrades.  A new portal captures individual projects and their collective impact.

People surrounding text "we resist, we build, we rise"

Matéa LeBeau is a junior in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, contemplates the necessary role of visual and expressive artists in creating understanding and solutions to the climate challenge.


Annual Golden Gorge ceremony recognizes student leadership in sustainability across all areas of the campus.


A one-year program open to accelerate career and executive-leadership advancement in sustainability-related fields.