Sustainability Awards and Rankings

Cornell University is a top-ranking Ivy league institution in campus sustainability and has been recognized for leadership in other areas related to the creation of a sustainable campus and community. 

EPA Green Power Partner

Recent Award: 2018 EPA Green Power Partner

Leadership in Green Power Education Award

Cornell was selected U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Center for Resource Solutions for its efforts to advance access, education, and public interest and engagement in renewable energy resources, especially in low-income communities. Read the news article

Recent Recognition



2018 Gold Rating 

Additional accolades:

  • Top Ivy League institution
  • 7th year achieving STARS Gold. Cornell has maintained a Gold ranking every year since beginning reporting.
  • 1st for Diversity & Affordability in New York State
  • 3rd Overall in Coordination & Planning


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Princeton Review, Guide to Green Colleges

Green Honor Roll | 8th Overall

Additional accolades:

  • Top Ivy League Institution
  • Recognized in Green Honor Roll for 7th year (every year Princeton Review has published)


Mark of distinction, 2018

Second Nature Carbon Commitment

3 Marks of Distinction

Additional accolades

  • Leadership Signatory and on track to meet neutrality by 2035 with a 33% Reduction to Date
  • Three  Marks of Distinction from Second Nature for outstanding climate leadership
  • Top Ivy League Institution for overall carbon reduction (33%)
  • Top Ivy for renewable energy production
  • One of first 50 schools in the nation to sign. First Ivy League institution to sign, and the only Ivy for many years.
  • Top 10 overall reduction for doctorate granting institutions 
  • Top 25 for reduction by square foot (35.5%)
  • Top 25 for reduction by FTE student (37%)
  • Top 25 most aggressive carbon reduction goals among Doctorate granting institutions
  • Top 100 in the U.S. for overall renewable energy production (with one of the most aggressive renewable energy goals in the country - 100% renewable electricity for the campus)
  • 3rd largest reduction in the country for campuses with over 1,000,000 sq. feet


Questions about Reports and Awards: The Campus Sustainability Office manages and coordinates data from units across campus, using sustainability metrics, for submission to national surveys and rating organizations.