Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
Dedicated to sustainable "science for life"...
Cornell’s agricultural experiment station (CUAES)—one of the premier horticulture research institutes in the world—conducts research and experiments to develop new methods to sustain agricultural ecosystems. The outstanding faculty, premier laboratories, greenhouses, and field facilities, state-of-the-art electronic and information resources and experienced support staff make the station an exciting and pleasant place to study and conduct research.
CUAES is adopting a culture of sustainability in how we manage our seven research farms (throughout New York State), 2,000 acres of forested property, 4 acres of greenhouses and 150 reach-in/walk-in plant growth units. We have a sustainable action team consisting of 12 staff who are empowered to generate new ideas on how we reduce costs and our carbon footprint.
To date we have reduced costs by over $2 million with many more projects on the horizon. Projects range from improved lighting and heating systems in greenhouses to designing and building new plant growth units that will cost $400/yr vs. the current cost of $3600/year to operate.
We have also launched a sustainable lawn maintenance program (we cut 100 acres of lawn/yr) that includes reseeding with new varieties of rescues that are short stature and do not need to be cut.
We planted several thousand trees in 2012 to capture carbon, we shut down buildings during the winter when not adequately used, installed a wood/grass pellet furnace at one of our farms, planted wind breaks to reduce winter heating costs, switched to drip irrigation systems to reduce labor, water and energy costs, manage a farm to campus dining program, and much more.
Our goal is to be a model for the many other Agricultural Experiment Stations and research universities across the US.