What We Manage:
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central energy plant info

lake source cooling info

water info

electric info

solar power info

hydro power info


The Utilities staff within Energy and Sustainability operate the University energy infrastructure system on a 24 hour, 365 day per year basis.  Production facilities include a combined heat and power facility which provides both the steam for heat and electricity for campus.  All of the water for campus is provided by a university owned potable water filtration plant.  Electricity from the local utility is fed through a university owned electric substation. Utilities is also responsible for all of the distribution and collection systems located on campus including steam, chilled water, electricity, potable water and waste water. 

Central utilities serves over 150 major buildings and nearly 14 million square feet on central campus. About 40% are part of the State University of New York statutory contract colleges, 2-3% are federal and private research facilities, and the balance are part of the endowed Cornell campus.

We at Cornell have worked hard to make our systems one of the "homes of best practices" within the district energy industry. Our systems work together to provide the utility needs of campus in a highly efficient manner.  The systems have garnered numerous awards including the prestigious System of the Year award from the International District Energy Association (IDEA). 

The Utilities and Energy Management Vision Statement is:

"We will be the leader in our industry by involving and recognizing every co-worker in the most innovative solutions to produce, manage, and distribute utility services in a world class university."


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Contact Us:

Mark Howe, PE, CEM - Director, Utilties Distribution and Energy Management

Vicki Davis - Assistant to the Director of Utilties Distribution and Energy Management

Joshua LaPenna, PE - Director, Utilities Production

Dede Deeley - CEP Plant Administrative Assistant

Christopher Bordlemay - Water and Wastewater Manager


Go to the E&S Staff Listing for the full listing of Utilties staff members…

130 - 135 Humphreys Service Building
Ithaca, NY 14853


Utilities related- FAQs (Look here for your utility related questions)
Cayuga Lake Modeling Project (information and links)