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.

Jeremiah Lazo and fellow interns working in an agriculture field

News

Lund fellows program supports undergrads and organic agriculture
A new summer internship enables undergraduates across disciplines to learn about organic, restorative and agroecological practices while working at diversified, small-scale farms around New York state.
  • Department of Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Animals
A man deploying a sound recorder in the rainforest

News

ELP researchers, in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society, use remote recording units to capture the entire soundscape of a Congolese rainforest. Their targets are vocalizations from endangered African forest elephants, but they...
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Animals
  • Environment
 Olivia Graham examines a seagrass meadow at low tide on the San Juan Islands

News

To seek solutions, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences and Environmental Biology awarded a four-year, $2.5 million grant to Drew Harvell, professor emeritus in ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of...
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology

News

Communities of all kinds are rocked by environmental issues that test their fortitude and adaptability. Shorna B. Allred, Natural Resources and the Environment, wants to help them build resilience to these shocks. Her own experience growing up on the Gulf Coast of Texas in a county with 30 petrochemical and oil refineries has a lot to do with that.

  • Department of Global Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Environment
Elected officials cut the ribbon on a new facility.

News

A $3.5 million renovation of Jordan Hall on the Cornell AgriTech campus will enable more distance-learning opportunities for entrepreneurs, professionals and workers in New York state’s food and farm economy.
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Agriculture