Annual Sustainability Events

Join the Cornell community in celebrating sustainability at these annual events. Gain professional knowledge, win prizes, and help co-create an enduring culture of sustainability on campus by participating.

Competitions & Campaigns

Sustainability GooseChase: Cornell Scavenger Hunt | August - September

Explore your campus and complete small sustainability challenges to take action at home and around campus.

Energy Smackdown 

Cornell’s annual 6-week competition to reduce or eliminate energy use in our personal lives and between buildings.  Commit to actions tailored to reducing energy in your home life, work, or lab spaces.

Beyond Waste
(Formerly RecycleMania)
 | February - March 

Help Cornell win against other Universities in an annual competition to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our goal? Waste minimization and waste diversion, while enjoying a fun and friendly competition.

Freezer Challenge | Spring-Summer

Participating labs will compete against fellow Cornell laboratories and campuses from around the world as they are guided in implementing best practices in cold storage management to achieve greater energy efficiency, sample integrity, and sample access.

Touchdown the bear turns off a lightswitch

Winter & Spring Energy Setback | Winter & Spring Break

Reduce energy waste by shutting down your residential community, lab, or office space before you leave for break.  These initiative save $100,000s each year!


Sustainability Leadership Summit 

Open to all members of the campus community, the Leadership Summit is Cornell's annual visioning and networking event for all community members working to create a more sustainable campus, community, and culture.  Hosted by the Sustainable Cornell Council.

Green Team Summit sign

Green Team Summit | Summer or Fall

An annual conference for members of Sustainability Teams or those working to create one, and individual Sustainability Ambassadors. This event focuses on sharing strategies, networking for collaboration on other key events, Think Big Live Green campaigns, and professional development. 

Sustainability Month

Students planting a tree on campus

Sustainability Month | April

The month of April marks Cornell's annual celebration of all things campus, community, and global sustainability. The campus will bloom with exhibits, lectures, bike to work events, a fun run, environmental fashion and other learning opportunities for sustainability.