• September 22, 2016

    As Ithaca continues to grapple with the consequences of a second-stage drought, Cornell research labs have undertaken widespread efforts to reduce water usage, after prompting from the administration and the City of Ithaca.

    Facilities directors and administrators have “encouraged students and staff to conserve as much water as possible,” according to Todd Pfeiffer, facilities director for Weill Hall, Clark Hall and the Physical Sciences Building.

    For example, Pfeiffer said labs have attempted to reduce usage of “autoclaves and sterilizers” — devices that sterilize lab equipment with heat and high pressure — which he said “can use several hundred gallons of water every day to sanitize glassware.”

    In Weill Hall alone, there are 18 autoclaves and nine glassware washers, and lab directors have instructed staff to “turn off equipment when not in use and to only run full loads,” according to Pfeiffer.

    “When washing glassware in the sink, we are asking...

  • July 20, 2016
    View of new Cornell Health facility
    By Kimberly Lee

    Gannett health services will only be available in the facility’s new addition on Campus Road while the original building is renovated and renamed over the next year, the University announced Monday.

    Nianne VanFleet, Gannett’s associate director of operations, said the health facility will double in size after upcoming renovations. She described this coming year as a “transition period,” when many offices and services will be moved to temporary locations in the new addition while the original building is renovated to reflect a need for more space.

    “The expansion will really ‘right size’ our facility, since we had been operating in a space that was much too small and no longer met healthcare standards,” VanFleet said.

    Once complete, the new building will have up-to-date and accessible medical facilities, an increased...

  • July 19, 2016

    The Environmental Health and Safety University Fire Marshal's Office is issuing a fire safety advisory for the Ithaca main campus and asking the entire Cornell Community to use extreme caution around dry grasses, shrubs, and mulched areas.

    The warm weather and dry conditions have increased the risk for fires and we are reminding people to be careful with open flames outdoors, including barbecues and backyard fire pits. Please also use caution when disposing of smoking materials.

    We ask that everyone be vigilant during this time of elevated risk due to outdoor fires.

    The fire safety advisory will remain in effect for the campus until further notice.

    For additional information please contact our office at (607) 255-8200 or visit us on the web at

    Ronald M. Flynn
    University Fire Marshal
    Event Safety Manager
    East Hill Office Building Suite-210
    Phone: (...

  • July 19, 2016

    Cornell University Water System

    Limited Water Advisory


    As a result of a prolonged period of severely diminished rainfall and the record low level of Fall Creek, the Cornell University Water System has issued a Limited Water Advisory. Please be advised of the following:  

    Until further notice, the following non-essential uses of potable water must be limited or ceased. 

    • Watering of lawns, plantings, etc.
    • Washing of vehicles or using a power washer.
    • Recreational uses such as lawn games.
    • Letting faucets run unattended.
    • Running personal-use ice machines in low use or unoccupied areas.

    Please limit your overall use of water to essential needs only, especially during daylight hours.  

    • Report any water leakages such as a running toilet, leaking faucet, or other issues in your building or on campus ...