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Browse below for Weill Cornell Medicine's latest sustainability initiatives. 

 Feil Student Education Center

Written by Dominique Dowd

The Feil Student Education Center officially reopened on October 7, 2019 as the second LEED Gold certified project on Weill Cornell’s campus. Designed with...

In light of the ongoing events related to COVID-19, Unpower Hour 2020 will be postponed until further notice. Earth Hour will be celebrated digitally this year, and you can sign up on their official website to add your voice for the planet

Stay tuned for for future events.

Cooking Class Poster

Join our seasonal and sustainable cooking class, "Cooking in Season: Benefits You and The Environment" on Monday, December 9 at 5:30 PM in the Second Floor Café of the David H. Koch Building. Join WCM Sustainability and NYP Integrative Wellness for a healthy cooking lesson featuring squash, pumpkin, and sweet potato. Learn the importance of cooking with seasonal ingredients while creating healthy, delicious meals. ...

Belfer Research Building Tour Poster

UPDATE: This tour is now full, stay tuned for more events!

You may know the Belfer Research Building was certified LEED Gold in 2014, but how does it combine cutting edge translational science with energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint? As part of Campus Sustainability Month, the WCM Sustainability Council invites you to take a look behind the scenes...

Zero Waste Living Presentation Poster

Continuing with Campus Sustainability Month, the WCM Sustainability Leadership Council is hosting a talk with the NY Department of Sanitation next Monday, October 21st at 12:00 PM at the Belfer Research Building, Conference Room 204-A. Learn how to reduce waste and enjoy some light refreshments. Seating is limited, please email wcm-sustainability@med.cornell.edu by Friday, October 18th to register...

Cornell Tech Tour Poster

As part of Campus Sustainability Month, the Sustainability Leadership Council invites you to join us this Friday, October 18, from 2:00 - 5:00 PM for a tour of The House at Cornell Tech and the TATA Innovation Center at the beautiful Roosevelt Island campus. Capacity is limited, please email ...

WCM Campus Sustainability Month 2019 Official Poster and Calendar of Events

October is Campus Sustainability Month, and WCM is joining the celebrations once again! This is a yearly international celebration of sustainability in higher education, held every October by many universities and college campuses. Our first event was tending to t...

Roger Morris Park Garden

October is Campus Sustainability Month, and WCM will join the celebration once again! This is a yearly international celebration of sustainability in higher education, held every October by many universities and college campuses....

Sandra Bitowft

As you know, WCM Unpower Hour was a resounding success this year. We had 20 Green Leaders throughout the institution that ranged from administrative offices, university campus, research labs, the graduate school, and the Burke Medical Reseach Center. 

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Green Leaders and WCM Sustainability Leadership Council during our Meet and Greet Event

Last week, the Sustainability Leadership Council held a meet and greet event for all the Green Leaders who collaborated in this year's Unpower Hour. The event was...

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WCM Government and Community Affairs and Friends of St. Catherine's Park are hosting a park cleanup volunteer event on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at St. Catherine's Park (1st Avenue between East 67th and 68th Streets). 

St. Catherine's Park is a local...

This year's Unpower Hour events were an astounding success!

Thank you very much to all the students, faculty and staff who participated in Unpower Hour and Earth Hour. Several departments organized special events all over campus;...

The Green Kits for Unpower Hour are now ready to be picked up by Green Leaders! If you signed up to be a Green Leader, check your email for pickup instructions and contact information.

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Check out our official video for Unpower Hour 2019, the WCM workday version of Earth Hour!

Join us as a Green Leader and enroll coworkers in your area for both the WCM Unpower Hour 2019 on Thursday, March 28 and ...

The eve of a New Year is a great opportunity to take stock of our progress, as well as write a list of Resolutions that help us achieve personal and professional goals. Why not include Sustainability goals to this list? Here are a few ideas for attainable New Year's...

UPDATE: This contest has now ended. Congratulations to the winner, Soham Gupta!

The holidays are here! While the festivities are a great time to celebrate with friends and family, 25% more trash is produced during this season.

Tell us...

Here are three quick pumpkin carving hacks to reduce waste on Halloween.

Make chipotle chili roasted pumpkin seeds

Boil seeds in salted water for 10 min, toss in olive...

Continuing with Campus Sustainability month, the WCM Sustainability Leadership Council is hosting a talk with NYC DEP next Monday, October 22nd at Weill Greenberg Center Y-214C at noon.

 Join us in learning about the nation’s most extensive municipal...

Tomorrow is our recycling Contest at Olin Hall. Come by the Student Lounge between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM and take on other competitors to show your skills in this interactive recycling challenge. Show us your sorting speed and expertise to win fun and...

Weill Cornell Medicine is currently celebrating its first Campus Sustainability Month! This is a yearly international celebration of sustainability in higher education, held every October by many universities and college campuses. Our first event was the screening of several Story of Stuff documentaries, which had great attendance and sparked conversations on how to reduce waste and energy...

We are pleased to welcome you to the new website for Weill Cornell Medicine Sustainability, now on the new WCM branding scheme and content management platform.

Our new site still contains all our previous information on WCM and NYP sustainability initiatives, as well as useful tools and resources to reduce our environmental impact at work, school and in our daily lives. 

Check back frequently for new features and information on new green efforts as well as raffles, contests...

The Story of Stuff screening was a successful kickoff to four events celebrating Campus Sustainability Month in October. The Samuel J. Wood Library and the Sustainability Team hosted the screening of several short subject documentaries by Story of Stuff Project.  Attendees discussed solutions for better stewardship of campus resources and how to get involved at Weill Cornell Medicine as well as in their own communities.  Volunteers supplied snacks and...

Woman receiving bag for unpower hour

Last week, we celebrated UnPower Hour and Earth Hour for the 10th year in a row. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff from almost every department participated either via Web or by signing up locally with the Green Leaders in each area. The events sparked many conversations on how to be "greener" at home and at work, and how small decisions we make in our daily lives have an impact in the environment and the planet.

This year, our Laboratories all over campus participated en masse,...

Bag kit of items for raffle

The Weill Cornell UnPower Hour is the official kick-off of our yearlong energy savings plan. For the tenth year in a row Weill Cornell faculty, students, and staff will power down for one hour on Thursday, March 22, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Click here to sign up for Unpower Hour ...

Man and woman posing for photo with green bag

For the tenth year in a row,  we are gearing up to kick off Weill Cornell Medicine's year-long energy savings plan, and need your help to make it happen.

Holiday gift wrap

Update: this contest hasCongratulations to Jessica Alequin, the very lucky winner of our Giveaway! Stay tuned for more contests and raffles coming up soon.

Did you know that US household waste increases by 25% in the holiday season? Head over to our Facebook page and show us how you're making your holiday presents more eco-friendly for a...

Picture of bike

Since 1956, National Bike Month has been celebrated every year in the US. This nationwide event aims to unite bicyclists and new riders all over the country to challenge themselves and encourage each other to stay healthy and reduce their carbon footprint by finding their reasons to ride, and advocate for better bicycle-friendly infrastructure in their communities. 

This year, the NYC Department of Transportation has joined Transportation...

Earth Hour graphics

The countdown to Earth Hour is on! Join millions of people around the world and take a stand to change climate change by participating in Earth Hour 2016 this Saturday, March 16 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM your local time; wherever you are.

Earth Hour is an initiative by WWF to create awareness about climate change and the power of individuals to create a tangible positve impact on the planet. 

Head over to our...

Did you know

Recycling an aluminum can saves enough energy to run a tv for three hours.

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