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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


DROUGHT ADVISORY: Water Use Advisory

Effective immediately, the Cornell campus at DROUGHT LEVEL STAGE 2: WATER USE RESTRICTION. All Ithaca campus faculty, staff, and students are required to cease the following on campus: * Watering lawns, landscapes, and vegetation except with non-potable water (e.g., gray or reclaimed water). * Use of any decorative or other outdoor water arrangements. * Power washing, cleaning, or otherwise using potable water to clean driveways, sidewalks, building surfaces, and asphalt. * Washing vehicles with potable water unless required for safety or compliance. * Recreational water use such as sprinklers, games, or camp activities involving use of potable water. Click on the title above for more information; to see ways you can help to conserve water; and to submit your ideas on how to reduce water use on campus. Report water issues on campus to or call IPP Customer Service at 607-255-5322.


Boyce Thompson Institute's ECI Project Saves $80,000 and 113 Tons CO2 Annually

By upgrading and optimizing the majority of the main air handlers for the building and upgrading the legacy controls on the hot water heating systems, the ECI project has created a more comfortable workspace for the Boyce Thompson occupants.


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!

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Operational Highlights


2016 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).


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.

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Cornell water quality update

In response to recent questions from customers arising from the publicity of lead contamination issues in the potable water across the nation, and the more recent reports of the lead in drinking water at local Ithaca schools, Chris Bordlemay, Cornell Water/Wastewater Manager, has written an open letter and responses to frequently asked questions as it relates to the Cornell University Water System.


Take Back the Tap campaign makes a difference!

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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Ewes' chews keep solar farm in tip-top shape

A flock of about 40 sheep (composed of ewes and gelded males) from Scotts farm were delivered to the solar facility July 17  to cut the grass.


2016 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).

Senior group is guiding Cornell's climate actions

President Elizabeth Garrett announced the formation of the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group (SLCAG), to focus on improving current climate trends by advancing public understanding of climate change and spurring innovative, cross-disciplinary solutions on campus and globally.

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