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Utilities Complex

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


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!


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


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.


Recyclemania 2017... are you in?

Each spring, Cornell participates in Recyclemania and aims to generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week¿s updated ranking, Cornell's performance is tracked against other colleges to rally the campus to reduce and recycle more. The entire campus community's efforts help Cornell move closer to victory

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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).

Chris Bordlemay, Water Filtration Plant Manager wins IPP Cornerstone Award for Campus and Community Service

Chris has volunteered to help create safe drinking water systems in Honduras, Central America, for a number of years and the last year has been especially significant and warrants his nomination.

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