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About Energy and Sustainability

We have the obligation to reduce our environmental footprint while providing reliable, cost-effective energy and water to campus. We have the opportunity to catalyze sustainable campus activities across many areas, enhance Cornell's reputation, and participate in exciting, mission-critical teaching and research activities.

What You Can Do

What Cornell is Doing


Three sections comprise Energy & Sustainability

Energy Management

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

Sustainability Office

Coordinating, facilitating, communicating, measuring, catalyzing...


Infrastructure: producing and distributing heat, cooling, electricity, water...

Project and Operational Highlights

Project Highlights


ECI Project at Duffield Hall is saving $221,500 and 550 tons/per year carbon equivalent annually!

New space controllers, network wiring, and logic upgrades now allow full functionality of control logic that varies airflows and temperature setpoints based on occupancy.


ECI Project saves $5,700 & 36tons CO2e annually with new lighting in Wilson Lab

New lighting scheme allows lighting to be reduced to 50% in the tunnels during times the synchrotron is in operation ...


Building Dashboard - Live data about your building

Track and compare electricity usage on 49 buildings across campus - how can you help reduce usage in your building?

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Operational Highlights


2013 Energy Fast Facts are now available!

The Energy Fast Facts provide a great 1-page snapshot of the present energy production, consumption, emissions associated with the central energy plants (this term includes heating, electricity, and chilled water).

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Take a spin around campus to see where the convenient bottle fillers are located!

Did you know that Cornell's annual bottled water use results in GHG emissions equivalent to 30 passenger vehicles... let's Take Back the Tap!

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Third Gold STARS Rating for Cornell

In the continuing effort to save energy, enhance environmental operations and increase sustainability research and education, Cornell earned its third consecutive gold STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


Building Dashboard website conveys real-time energy use

Cornells new Building Dashboard website provides raw, real-time energy data  in a clear, unobstructed way...


Cornell Utilities is the 2013 Global District Energy Climate Award Winner for Campus-sized systems

Cornell was internationally recognized for its outstanding achievement in demonstrating local district energy leadership in providing clean, sustainable energy solutions to protect against the risk of climate change.

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Many of our Highlights, Events, and News items can be followed on the Sustainability at Cornell Facebook page