Our vision

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.

Read more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Upstate residents skittish on building utility-scale solar
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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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
Three people in a boat with on holding up the albino shortnose sturgeon

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Researchers conducting a population estimate of shortnose sturgeon in the Hudson River caught one on Nov. 19 that had been tagged 26 years ago, during the last such count.
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Nature
  • Fish