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Climate Change Minor

Cornell supports an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing climate change. Students in the climate change minor gain a comprehensive understanding of climate change through core curriculum focusing on both the physical science and social context. Its diverse course offerings address the challenges and implications of climate change for agriculture and food security, natural resource management and ecosystem health, and developing effective adaptation and mitigation strategies on local, national, and global levels.

The climate change minor is open to all undergraduates with no pre- requisites for three core courses. Read a Cornell Chronicle article about the minor.

  • Sustainable Campus: National and international organizations – By engaging with both national and international organizations such as the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the APPA, Cornell ensures that sustainability efforts are part of a greater, global movement.
  • Cornell Environmental Collaborative (ECO) - Cornell’s first formal environmental council, connecting like-minded students interested in promoting a just and sustainable world and providing meaningful venues for students to reduce the campus’ environmental impact.
  • Student Sustainability Guide - How you can make a difference on and off campus.

Get Involved

  • KyotoNow! – Cornell student-run organization works to promote a sustainable, just future and advance policy on climate change on the university, local, and national levels. We see Cornell as a leverage point for advancing wider regional level change. Students active with KyotoNow! have been advocating the University divest from fossil fuels through the PowerShift, DivestNow Movement. News on Cornell student-led divestment initiatives, see articles in the Cornell Chronicle.
  • – Cornell students, faculty, and staff have been engaged with the movement, which was founded by U.S. author, Bill McKibben and a team of university friends.
  • Energy Action Coalition – The Energy Action Coalition is comprised of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice organizations, including the Campus Climate Challenge, Divest Now, and PowerShift. News on Cornell student involvement with PowerShift.

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