Building resiliency: Cornell Cooperative Extension’s environment and natural resources programs engage individuals and communities to sustain the quality and diversity of the natural assets in New York state.  Research-based education is focused on conserving and protecting the environment, boosting sustainable energy and mitigating climate change. 

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Fostering Mastery

CCE offers education for citizens to become Master Gardener Volunteers, Master Forest Owners, Master Naturalists and Master Composters, fostering a sense of ownership and understanding of the environment and natural world. 

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New York Sea Grant (NYSG)


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Braudy Foundation funds Phase II of dust and drought research
The Braudy Foundation – founded by Bob Braudy ’65, M.Eng. ’66, and his wife, Judi – has committed to funding a second five-year phase of a collaboration between Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) and Northern Arizona...
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Environment
  • Nature
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Migrations research highlights human impacts on environment
Birders across the Rocky Mountain region are reporting a decline in backyard traffic and dead migratory birds – including evidence of mass bird deaths in New Mexico. Sentinel species like wild songbirds are a potent reminder that humans and...
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Animals
  • Environment
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Striking pay dirt: Cornell soil soars to the space station
Morgan Irons is about to help make space-exploration history – and all she needed was a shovel and some dirt. Irons, a doctoral student in soil and crop sciences, will see the soil she scooped from a Cornell farm organic plot launch into space...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
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Grace Tucker '17: Helping coastal communities become more resilient
Grace Tucker '17 is a program coordinator for the coastal resilience team at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, DC. In this role, she conducts science and policy analysis related to coastal resilience, natural infrastructure and...
  • Environment
  • Nature
  • Planet
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Report: Plant science must innovate over next 10 years
The Plant Science Research Network (PSRN) has released its Plant Science Decadal Vision 2020-2030, a report that outlines innovative solutions to guide investments and research in plant science over the next 10 years as scientists tackle...
  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section