Solar panels provide electricity directly to Cornell's 10th Avenue apartments, one of many energy initiatives underway on campus.

Energy Management

Cornell is developing a comprehensive energy plan in order to become a better steward of the environment and the college's financial resources. Our goal is to improve energy efficiency and reduce the college’s carbon footprint without significantly reducing the quality of life for those who work and live on campus.

Accomplishments and plans

Cornell recently incorporated many LEED standards into the building of Russell Hall, earning a silver award from Alliant Energy for overall energy-saving measures. Recent renovations to Pfeiffer Hall and Cole Library included major upgrades to heating and cooling systems. And a number of projects are in the works, including refining waste grease from campus dining into biodiesel fuel for use in college vehicles and lawn equipment.

Read more about our efforts on our What's Been Done and Future Projects pages.

Help us create a greener campus

We welcome your ideas, no matter how big or small, on ways to make Cornell a greener and more sustainable campus. Simply fill out our online suggestion form and join the effort.