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Energy and Sustainability

Energy & Sustainability is comprised of three interactive teams that work together to achieve our obligations and seize opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint while providing vital utilities services to the Ithaca campus.

Campus Sustainability Office
Empowers, equips, and engages our diverse partners to catalyze a sustainable campus transformation.

Energy Management
Conserving energy, load forecasting, trending, optimizing supply, reducing demand, metering...

Utilities Distribution and Production
Infrastructure: producing and distributing heat, cooling, electricity, water...

Events Happening Now:

Leaving campus for a break?: Before leaving campus for winter or spring break, and other holidays throughout the year, follow these simple tips to save energy in your office, common areas, labs, residential rooms and spaces.

combined heat and power plant


Kim Anderson-1st Qtr 2020 Employee of the Quarter winner

Kim Anderson, Sustainability Engagement Manager, is the FCS Employee of the Quarter for July-September 2020!  FCS Rewards and Recognition webpage.

Cornell earns top marks in sustainability
from national rating platforms

Cornell sustainability ranking

The University swept the top spots in national sustainability rankings this year. Cornell was recognized as one of the most sustainable higher education institutions in the country by Sierra Club, The Princeton Review, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, and Second Nature.
Cornell University ranked 12th in Sierra magazine’s Coolest Schools out of 312 participating institutions. Cornell was the only Ivy League institution to make the top 20. The University was praised for its peer-to-peer education program, which served the entire campus community through the work of Residential Sustainability LeadersCompost Managers, the Sustainability Ambassadors Network, and Green Teams

2021 Annual  Water Quality Report is available to download.

2020 Energy Fast Facts

​ Energy Fast Facts snapshot [Click and drag to move] ​

provide a great one page snapshot of the present energy production, consumption, emissions associated with the central energy plants