We provide opportunities for students.

Our students learn from and work with people and partners on campus and throughout the world. Together, we confront environment and sustainability challenges head-on and with confidence. We aim to be bold. We take heart in working together to sustain and restore healthy conditions that sustain people and the diverse wonders of our planet.

We span the resources of Cornell.

As a cross-college major, we are available to students in the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Five Cornell colleges are represented by faculty and courses associated with the major. Cornell programs and facilities throughout the U.S. and other countries further extend our reach beyond the Ithaca campus.

We work across the globe.

Our network of faculty, staff and alumni support our undergraduate students throughout their time on campus and beyond. Faculty and alumni provide connections with a broad range of local, regional, national and international off-campus organizations and institutions working together with common purpose.

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Campus partners
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Learning goals

Making a positive impact

Student experiences, alumni pathways, news and other environment and sustainability stories.

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News

2021 was Northeast’s third-warmest year since 1895
For the Northeastern U.S., the year 2021 was third warmest – at an average of 49.5 degrees, which ties the year 2020 – since 1895, says the Northeast Regional Climate Center.
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Environment
  • Climate
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News

As New York prepares for a carbon-free energy future, public support for utility-scale solar farms is much lower than support for smaller solar projects, says new Cornell research.
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Behavior
  • Energy
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News

Cornell experts from a variety of fields share their recommendations for individual actions – large and small – that can make an impact locally and globally.
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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News

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Climate
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News

Animal Science Professor Xingen Lei has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, in recognition of his groundbreaking work on livestock phosphorus nutrition that improves global animal agriculture, preserves non-renewable phosphorus, and protects the environment.
  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture
  • Animals