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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Psychological ownership improves care of public parks, lakes
One type of kayaker turned out to be five times more likely than another to pick up a stray flip flop or water bottle – items researchers had planted so each person would pass one regardless of their route. What was the difference? Before they...
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Behavior
  • Environment
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Community Flood Watch Project engages residents in reporting and mitigation
Residents of Jamaica Bay, coastal neighborhoods located in Brooklyn (Kings County) and Queens (Queens County), are experiencing tidal flooding at increasing frequency—as often as twice a month. Tidal flooding is also called sunny-day flooding...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • New York Sea Grant Institute
  • Environment
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Cornell CALS releases new white paper focusing on 2020 NYS food and farm COVID-19 effects
In this series of nine discussion papers, Cornell CALS experts seek to provide perspectives and insights on the impact of COVID-19 to selected agricultural sectors. Their goals are to assist in bringing a greater understanding of the effects of...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Cornell Craft Beverage Institute
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Study charts how orchards can leverage mechanical thinning and pruning without spreading fire blight
New findings from the lab of Kerik Cox, associate professor of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology, indicate that there may be hope for producers vying to use these technologies. Published by the American Phytopathological Society in...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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Field Note

Jillian Goldfarb: Reflections on research and teaching during the pandemic
Her research focuses on the sustainable conversion of biomass to biofuels. Goldfarb joined the Cornell CALS faculty in fall 2018. Here, she reflects on her experience conducting research and teaching since the pandemic began in March. Pre...
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Biology
  • Environment