Student Leadership

Cornell GRF is a 3 credit experiential learning opportunity for students interested in leadership, energy systems engineering, project management, financial analysis and more.

Reduced Carbon Emissions

Cornell is a leader in higher education’s push to improve sustainability education and infrastructure. We encourage energy saving innovation that supports the university's goal of carbon neutrality by 2035.

Financial Performance

We’re transforming perceived expenses into high-return investment opportunities. By viewing sustainability projects through this lens, we ensure that our projects are beneficial to all stakeholders.

Cornell University A look inside a typical walk-in growth chamber in Weill Hall.

Growth Chambers Project

There currently exists two Growth Chambers in Cornell University's Lab facilities. This project will look into making them more sustainable, by improving the efficiency of research while decreasing energy usage.

Currently in the process of releasing a survey to Cornell University researchers to better understand their previous experiences using growth chambers. The survey is targeted towards researchers who have used the facilities both in Bradfield Hall and Weill Hall to compare past experiences.

This information will be used to better target an audience that will be receptive to this change and will benefit the most from more environmentally efficient, updated facilities.

Our future goal is to update the growth chambers in Bradfield Hall to models similar to those found in Weill Hall.

Cornell University Current Ultra Low Temperature (ULT) Freezer

ULT Freezers

This project focuses on optimizing the efficiency of Ultra Low Temperature (ULT) freezers in research labs and promoting alternative, sustainable specimen storage practices.

Currently a variety of faculty members, including researchers, facilities managers and administrators are being contacted to understand their prespectives on technology, energy usage, and sustainability.

The goal is to summarize and analyze collected data to form recommendations in order to implement environmentally friendly, reliable, and cost-effective specimen storage methods.

Cornell University Dual Flush Toilet

Dual Flush Toilets

Cornell’s Office of Infrastructure, Property and Planning (IPP) has pledged $50,000 to the Green Revolving Fund with the stipulation that the donation first be used to implement projects in IPP buildings. Savings generated from the projects in IPP space, up to $50,000 will flow back to the GRF.

Key Stakeholders in IPP have been involved in identifying a couple of projects to be implemented and the site of pilot implementation. We are now working with the IPP team to:

  1. Implement the pilot
  2. Collect the data points to obtain approval for a full-scale rollout