We live in a time when no part of the natural environment is untouched by human activities. Great strides have been made in addressing many of the natural resources and environmental problems caused by human activities; however, population growth and rising standards of living continue to stress the natural environment and generate a spectrum of environmental problems that need to be solved.

Environmental engineers are called upon to understand, arrange and manipulate biological, chemical, ecological, economic, hydrological, physical and social processes to balance our material needs with our impacts on the environment. Such are the challenges of sustainability, while global climate makes these tasks all the more important.

At Cornell, environmental engineering majors pursue these challenges in a joint program of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Engineering.

Environmental Engineering News

Group photo of 8 fellows


TW Turner Fellowship celebrates inaugural year at Cornell, points to future collaborations with HBCUs
  • Animal Science
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Food Science
Dave Walczak, operations manager of Eden Valley Growers co-op in Eden, New York, checks on Brussels sprouts growing on 2,000 acres of co-op members’ farmland.


A $1M award will support Upstate 2.0, which aims to grow the regional economy in upstate New York while helping to realize the state and nation’s goal of a net-zero carbon economy.

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Agriculture
Rohini Gupta, doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering and Grateful Dead fan, stands in Barton Hall.


Current students share their love for the Grateful Dead and their excitement for Dead & Company's return to Barton Hall on May 8.

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Global Development