Cornell is a global leader in sustainability and climate change research, teaching and engagement. Our campuses are living laboratories for developing, testing and implementing solutions that address these most challenging issues.

STARS platinum rating

Cornell earns fourth platinum sustainability rating

For four years in a row, Cornell has earned a platinum sustainability rating—the top status—from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the international group that tracks environmental stewardship for more than 1,000 college campuses.

Commitment to Sustainability

Thought Leaders in Sustainability

Labor and Climate

Lara Skinner is an expert on labor and employment issues related to sustainability, climate protection and clean energy.

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Amanda Rodewald works to generate, apply and communicate science that advances ecological understanding.

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Sustainability, Law and Policy

Sara Bronin examines how law and policy can foster more equitable, sustainable, well-designed and connected places.

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agricultural sustainability

Ariel Ortiz-Bobea is an expert on how to promote environmental sustainability at the local level.

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Fengqi You focuses on developing models and tools for smart manufacturing, digital agriculture, energy systems and sustainability.

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Drew Harvell studies the sustainability of marine ecosystems and the impacts of climate and ocean change.

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Max Zhang studies sustainable energy systems and the effects of nanoparticle pollution on air quality and climate change.

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Steven Osofsky directs the Wildlife Health Cornell Center of Excellence, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to wildlife health.

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Earth and Atmospheric Science

Natalie Mahowald examines feedbacks in the earth system that impact climate change, such as desert dust and the carbon cycle.

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Our campuses are living laboratories for sustainability and climate change research.