Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) environment programs engage individuals and communities in conserving and sustaining the quality, diversity, and accessibility of New York's natural resources and environmental assets. 

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Featured Programs

To learn about the programs that are offered in your area, visit or contact a local CCE office.

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A team of Climate Smart Farming educators and researchers help NYS farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural production and energy use, increase farm resiliency to extreme weather and climate variability, and sustainably increase productivity and income.

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Cutting edge and research-based, the Climate Steward program teaches volunteers strategies for increasing their community’s resilience to climate change, and reducing their community’s impacts on the climate.

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This program engages educators and youth in authentic inquiry and experiential learning as they explore the natural environment.

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A network of over 140 experienced master forest owner volunteers provides private woodland owners of New York State with the information and encouragement necessary to manage their forest holdings wisely.

Karen Snover-Clift, professor of plant science (SIPS) and Jennifer Kotary of the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation assess Oak Wilt in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

This science-based training program is designed to teach adults about New York’s natural resources, empowering them to educate others and participate in on-the-ground conservation and monitoring projects.

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NYSG is a cooperative program of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Cornell University which promotes the informed stewardship of coastal resources through integrated research, education, and extension services.

Research Spotlight

Solar Energy

New York state has set ambitious goals to wean its economy off fossil fuels by 2050 while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 85%. To help reach those goals, Cornell researchers are partnering with CCE to study ways the state’s mix of sun and farmland will factor into plans.

Research Spotlight

The Digital Divide

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.5 million to Cornell engineers and researchers to help them bridge New York’s digital divide by designing the nation’s first statewide Internet of Things public infrastructure.

Research Spotlight

Nature Rx

Associate Professor of Plant Science, Donald A. Rakow shares the health benefits of getting outdoors, He says, "a wealth of evidence in recent years shows that being active in nature, just sitting outside in nature, or even looking at a picture of nature have benefits to your overall wellbeing." 

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Partner organizations and programs

Programs throughout Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences partner with CCE educators on environment, natural resources, sustainable energy and climate change work.


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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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Thanks to Climate Resilient Farming grant funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, New York Farmers are implementing innovative manure management techniques for environmental stewardship, farm viability, and the...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
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If all goes as planned, the addition of rock dust — rich in potassium, iron and zinc — will help increase the crop’s overall yield, nutrient density and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. “Each time these natural rock particles...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development
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Four Cornellians have been appointed to three climate advisory panels that will inform the New York State Climate Action Council – a task force established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo – to guide the state and draft a plan toward a zero-carbon economy...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section