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Students: What You Can Do To Save Energy!

Sustainability is a big deal at Cornell!

From behavior changes within their daily lives to taking academic courses, to joining initiatives, committees, or student organizations on campus, there are numerous ways students can get involved with sustainability at Cornell.

Simple steps you can take to conserve energy within your dorm room:

  • Turn off lights when you leave for the day
  • Reduce your room’s temperature setpoint when you leave campus during breaks
  • Report building water leaks and drips!
  • Use LED lighting for desk lamps
  • Close windows in the winter and report if room is overheating

Cover page of the CSO's guide to living sustainably

The Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) updates a student sustainability guide annually to provide students with a resource for how to live, lead, and learn for a sustainable future on Cornell’s campus. Check out the Student Guide to Sustainability at Cornell to pick up some more tips!

Students standing in-between rows of mini-fridges and draws at a previous Dump and Run

Cornell’s annual Dump and Run allows students to purchase items dropped off at collections bins across campus at the end of every semester. Energy is saved through the reuse of items collected and resold, with the proceeds each year going to local charities.


Campus Organizations:

Cornell’s Environmental Collaborative (ECO), is the umbrella organization for over 40 student organizations on campus focusing on some aspect of sustainability. Check out the complete list of these student groups!

The President’s Sustainable Campus Committees (PSCC) are comprised of faculty, staff, and students. Every committee has a student co-chair leading sustainability initiatives in 10 Focus Areas across campus, including Energy.

Interested in more information? Check out the Sustainable Campus website for more great ideas on the numerous ways students can get involved on campus!