Cornell University Sustainable Design

Calling on the talent and knowledge of students from multiple disciplines, CUSD utilizes a research-based approach to take on complex sustainability projects and works towards a brighter environmental, social, and economic future...

View from footbridge of prospective design for Beebe Lake Trailhead Building.  Design by Thomas Tumelty, rendered by Yuriy Chernets.
View from footbridge of prospective design for Beebe Lake Trailhead Building. Design by Thomas Tumelty, rendered by Yuriy Chernets.

Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) promotes experiential education by providing our members with opportunities to engage in real world projects within an ecosystem of research-based, interdisciplinary learning. Our sustainability projects promote ecological, social, and economic sustainability to achieve the most innovative and resilient structures. Both locally and abroad, our projects range in scope from small innovations to entire buildings.

Dr. Dave Schneider advising students on their design during a work session.  Picture by Levi Schoenfeld.
Dr. Dave Schneider advising students on their design during a work session. Picture by Levi Schoenfeld.

Our projects include an early childhood education center in Johannesburg, South Africa; a model home with eco-technologies in Nagarote, Nicaragua; on-site energy generation research for the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City; hands on construction for a community building project in Lansing, NY; the concept design of a hub for student life and outdoor activities on Beebe Lake; and more.