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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Education

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)

Stories

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News

NSF funding to help erase upstate NY’s digital divide
Cornell faculty will collaborate with community partners around New York – through Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) in each county – to set up networks based on low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) technology, a form of low-frequency radio....
  • Atkinson Center
  • Community and Regional Development Institute
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
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News

Unplugged: Students build green trailer to energize tools
Members of the Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) student group have delivered to the Grounds Department a 7-by-12 foot trailer that will cart and energize electric string trimmers, hedge clippers, chainsaws and an electric heavy-duty...
  • Environment
  • Planet
  • Natural Resources
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In the face of crisis, equitable farming systems grow in Nigeria
In the region’s largest city, Maiduguri, an estimated 130,000 displaced people have settled into urban and peri-urban camps – part of more than 1.4 million displaced people living in camps throughout Borno State alone. Many in the camps are...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development
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News

Reflections on an unconventional 4-H camp season
This summer 4-H camp leaders across New York State found themselves with a difficult task: preserve the camp spirit while following COVID-19 health and safety requirements. They rose to the task with unusual, engaging, fun and creative projects...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
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Massive, indeed: Shark MOOC has attracted thousands
Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation has introduced more than 32,000 people from 182 countries to sharks, rays and chimaeras – also known as “ghost sharks.” “Before the first offering of the shark MOOC in the summer of 2016, I...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology
  • Animals