The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment is a world leader in scholarship addressing social and ecological dimensions of natural resources and the environment to improve environmental sustainability, promote the well-being of communities, and ensure access to sustainable energy and environmental resources.
What we work on
We create knowledge and facilitate learning to improve society’s stewardship of the environment and promote a conservation ethos for a sustainable planet.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
We are a diverse department of researchers, educators, students and staff that seek science-based solutions to environmental problems and sustainable natural resource management. In our research, teaching and outreach, we recognize that the acknowledgement and respect of all stakeholders’ perspectives is essential for achieving just and sustainable solutions to today’s environmental problems.
Cornell doctoral candidate Bethany Jorgensen co-authored the 2022 Lanzarote Declaration – a synthesized wish list of action in anticipation of a U.N. treaty on global plastic pollution in 2024.
Unrelenting climate change is leading to extended, late-summer weeks of water stratification, which prompts varying degrees of oxygen deprivation in lakes, says new Cornell research.