Cornell Recognized as One of America's Greenest Universities

Greenest Colleges list names the 39 U.S. colleges and universities that have earned the highest STARS ratings...


Cornell was recognized by as one of America's Greenest Universities for 2015. They reviewed over 240 schools rated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and Cornell rose to the top for 2015.

The Greenest Colleges list names the 39 U.S. colleges and universities that have earned the highest STARS ratings, thereby distinguishing themselves as the nation's greenest schools. says.....

Cornell's Sustainable Campus is part of the university's "unwavering commitment to leave a positive impact on the world." The westernmost Ivy League college in the U.S., Cornell provides students with scholarships, research opportunities and the opportunity to contribute to fashioning a more sustainable lifestyle for all.The university accomplishes this by offering a sustainability focus in 70% of their departments. Cornell is one of the only colleges in the country to offer a minor in climate change. By 2035, the college intends to achieve net-zero carbon neutrality by investing millions in energy-conservation projects, pursuing renewable energy, and implementing campus-wide sustainability engagement programs.

Located in Ithaca, this 2,456-acre campus offers views of two gorges, a botanical garden that spans 35 acres and a 100-acre arboretum. Students can participate in a number of programs that educate the public about climate change and global warming.

Quick Facts

  • Cornell boasts more than 20 programs across a broad range of disciplines that offer a focus in sustainability, including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Design and Environmental Analysis and Plant Sciences.
  • The student-teacher ratio at this private college is 12:1, and the undergraduate retention rate for 2012-13 was 97%.
  • Cornell was ranked #6 in Princeton Review's 2015 Guides to 353 Green Colleges and was #5 on the Sierra Club list of Cool Schools in the U.S.

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