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

Warren Hall and the Ag Quad.


Staff, faculty win SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
Sixteen faculty and professional staff members in Cornell’s four state contract colleges have been selected for the 2021-22 State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Department of Global Development
3D printable mask


A new 3D-printable mask design, inspired by animal noses, promises easy breathing for users while maintaining similar levels of protection against pathogens found in N95 and surgical masks.
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Animals
  • Biology
Meredith Holgerson, Jillian Goldfarb and Scott Steinschneider


Three faculty at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) were among 11 Cornell assistant and associate professors who have recently received National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Awards. Over the next five...
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology