Cornell Combined Heat and Power Plant increased the efficiency of heating and electrifying the campus from 50% to 75%

The President’s Sustainable Campus Committee Energy Focus Team supports collaboration between academic communities, faculty, staff, students and the community.

Cornell represents 1/1000 of the state of New York's electricity load, making it an ideal test bed for demonstrating sustainable energy solutions.

Cornell's commitment to sustainable energy systems has made the university a higher education energy pioneer in pursuit of both energy conservation and renewable energy supply. Key strategies to date have included supplying electricity with wind, water, and solar; replacing traditional energy-intense chillers with a deep lake water cooling system; and eliminating coal combustion with a highly efficient combined heat and power plant while simultaneously working to drastically reduce the university’s demand for energy through an aggressive energy conservation program and educating the campus community on climate smart behaviors.