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See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.

Moonshot thinking

From energy resources, greenhouse gas reductions, carbon capture, and resilience to adaptation, economics, climate justice, and food security.

At CALS, we believe we can feed the planet while also helping to cool it. It’ll take every weapon in our arsenal to fight climate change—a transformation of our food and farm systems, material and manufacturing processes, energy systems, and societies and economies for a safer, healthier, decarbonized world. We’re driving practical solutions to save our planet and ensure no one communities are left behind.

Research Spotlight

Opportunities to support

Faculty, program support & research

CALS globally recognized faculty are the cornerstone of our reputation as a premier institution of scientific learning. Support CALS faculty and graduate students working on a multitude of issues around holistic climate solutions.

Student support & affordability

Scholarships enable Cornell to recruit and enroll the most promising scholars and garner a diverse student population. CALS supports students to ensure their success through programs such as peer mentoring, E3, CALS navigator, and experiential learning opportunities.

Flexible impact

Establishing a named Moonshot fund or supporting the established Accelerating Holistic Climate Solutions Moonshot fund offers CALS leadership the greatest flexibility to take advantage of innovative and emerging opportunities, and will be used to bolster CALS' strengths in support of initiatives focused on accelerating holistic climate solutions.

The impact of giving

Two ponds encircled with vegetation.


Though human-made ponds both sequester and release greenhouse gases, when added up, they may be net emitters, according to two related studies by Cornell researchers.

  • New York State Water Resources Institute
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Climate Change
Tom Vilsack, the U.S. secretary of agriculture, talks with Professor Johannes Lehmann, in an industrial facility.


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on Sept. 6 to discuss programs focused on empowering farmers and finding new climate solutions that are equitable and science-based.

  • Agriculture
  • Climate Change