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 buildingss.

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.

CUSD’s mission is to challenge students to create dynamic and innovative solutions for economic, social, and ecological difficulties faced by the global community. Actions are carried out through CUSD’s three horizontal teams: marketing and communications, operations and strategy, and tech ops..

CUSD’s current projects include a sustainable education initiative in partnership with Voices of African Mothers, based in Ghana; high-efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) sensors using various tracking technologies and machine learning with CUSD’s Current Team; harnessing the energy generated by a compost system and using it to heat water at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture; Project REDO, which  aims to set the Green Standard of integrative waste management for zoological parks through solutions that minimize wastefulness and maximize environmental consciousness, economic sustainability, and community enrichment; and many others.

Check out the latest updates and ongoing projects, or submit ideas for new projects, through CUSD’s website.