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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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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China’s green plan displaces villagers, forces inequity
While many studies have lauded China’s new environmental goals, much of this research has focused on the technical ways to make urban infrastructure sustainable and reduce emissions. However, new research suggests a relationship between urbanism...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Natural Resources
  • Behavior
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Virtual hemp field day shares insights with international hemp industry audience
The Aug. 20 event hosted by the Cornell Hemp Research Team on Zoom, drew 359 attendees from the U.S., Canada, Germany, South Africa, the Netherlands, Thailand, Costa Rica, Mexico and the U.K. to learn about the latest research tips for the hemp...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Horticulture Section
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New research may help revive New York’s fall berry industry
The farm is experiencing one of its best seasons to date, thanks to better management of fall infestations of spotted wing drosophila (SWD), part of a research collaboration with Greg Loeb, professor of entomology at Cornell AgriTech, part of...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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CCE Steuben County Creates Do-it-Yourself Container Garden Kits
Thanks to a grant from the NYS Department of Ag and Markets, Ag Educator Ariel Kirk and her team were able to develop a do-it-yourself container garden kit with all the necessary components and supplementary support materials, and then...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture