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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


New LED lights illuminate sports venues vibrancy

The Department of Athletics and Physical Education has begun to install new LED lights at all campus athletic facilities. The project annually will save more than 1.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity, which reduces utility bills by about $136,000 and is estimated to prevent about 450 tons of carbon dioxide annually!


Invest Today in the Cornell Green Revolving Fund

Join the crowd-funding campaign for the student run Green Revolving Fund - money from initial seed funding is distributed to finance energy efficiency projects and the savings from those projects revolve back to the fund to finance future projects...


Langmuir Lab Chiller Replacement Project Saves $6,000 and 23 Tons CO2 Annually

The ECI team replaced the heart of the air conditioning system at Langmuir Lab; an air cooled chiller. The new chiller includes capacity controls and integration with the existing closed loop chilled water system in the building. This replacement will save $6,000 and 23 tons per year carbon equivalent annually.

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Operational Highlights


Cornell Snyder Road Solar Farm to produce approx. 2.5 million kilowatt-hours annually

Cornells first megawatt scale renewable electric energy generation project since 1904, the Cornell Snyder Road Solar Farm is a 2MWdc array on Cornell property in the Town of Lansing. It was completed in September 2014 and is expected to reduce the universitys annual GHG emissions by 650 metric tons per year.


2014 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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Complete the Green Office Certification by March 31st and your office will be entered in a drawing for a special prize...

If your office completes the green office certification by March 31st we will enter your office in a drawing for a special prize. Visit for more information on how to join the ranks of Cornell Green Offices!


Energy smackdown's upside nets $23,000 in energy savings~

Striving to become greener than ever, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall West and the residential complex Court-Kay-Bauer and Mews halls won their respective electricity saving contests in the Energy Smackdown, held Nov. 17-Dec. 31. The two competitions have conserved about $23,000 in electric energy costs for Cornell.

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2014 Joint Annual Water Quality Report

Every year, a water quality report is prepared based upon the past year's activities. We take great pride in the work that we do and we invite you to read these very informative reports. Cornell collaborates with the other two water purveyors in the Ithaca area to produce this report (City of Ithaca and the Bolton Point Water System).

Cornell to buy all of proposed Black Oak Wind Farm's energy

Making a stride toward reducing carbon emission, Cornell University has agreed to purchase all electricity generated by the proposed Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield, New York, which is pending municipal approvals. This purchase represents 20 percent of the universitys total annual electricity use, and a 5% reduction in our GHG inventory!

Building Dashboard website conveys real-time energy use

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

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