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Research and engagement

hotel hang tag asks guests to reuse towels to conserve water
Study outlines improved hotel sustainability benchmarks

International project creates default hotel sustainability data, enabling companies to benchmark environmental performance.

Following the test, the pipe is excavated and data on the deformation is collected
Cornell tests earthquake-resilient pipeline for L.A.

New pipeline is designed to better protect California’s water utility network from natural disasters.

Compost demonstration in the Dedza region, Malawi
New minor focuses on food systems' equity, sustainability

Community Food Systems minor explores the agricultural, ecological and ethical dimensions of food systems.

Illustration shows how CO2 emissions are captured and converted while electrical energy is generated
Scientists propose novel carbon-capture electrochemical cell

New power cell uses electrochemical reactions to both sequester carbon dioxide and produce electricity.