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...

combined heat and power plant




4 campus buildings with their energy savings noted

 The Cornell energy conservation initiatives around campus are continuely striving to create a high efficiency, low cost campus​. 

The energy savings from the four projects above will reduce our campus emissions by more than 1,500 tons of CO2 emissions annually...and

with the work completed and being done at present, we estimate there will be a savings of 1.4 million dollars annually.​  ​We are securing our future by investing today in a campus that performs well, and uses energy wisely. 


Steam pipes in Central Energy Plant

Annual Campus-Wide Steam Shutdown
May 28 – May 30, 2019

The annual campus-wide steam shutdown
allows essential maintenance work to be performed on the steam distribution system and at the Central Heating Plant.

This year the steam will be turned off beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 28. Steam will begin to be restored to buildings on Thursday, May 30, but no earlier than at 3 p.m.

Some buildings may not have full steam pressure, heat and domestic hot water until after midnight on May 30. Anyone who anticipates any problems, has questions or needs an official shutdown notice, should call the Facilities Customer Service Center at (607) 255-5322.

water glass with water being poured into it

2018 Annual  Water Quality Report is available to download here.


2018 Energy Fast Facts provide a great one page snapshot of the present energy production, consumption, emissions associated with the central energy plants


Contact Us:

Utilities Distribution & Energy Management
Vicki Davis

135 Humphreys Service Building
Ithaca, NY 14853

Campus Sustainability Office
Careen Arsenault

129 Humphreys Service Building
Ithaca, NY 14853

Utilities Production: Central Energy Plant & Lake Source Cooling Facility
Dede Deeley

150 Maple Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850