Environment and Natural Resources, Sustainable Energy, and Climate Change

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s environment and natural resources programs are designed to help individuals and communities engage in long term plans to sustain the quality and diversity of the natural assets in New York State.

Research-based education is focused on conserving and protecting the environment, boosting sustainable energy and mitigating climate change.

Visit or contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office for information on specific programs in your county or region.


PRISMs coordinate partner efforts, recruit and train citizen volunteers, identify and deliver education and outreach, establish early detection monitoring networks and implement direct eradication and control efforts.

Organized by Cornell University’s Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture and CCE, the cross-state team provides growers with assistance and access to the latest in practices that improve farm resiliency.

New York Sea Grant's extension specialists help identify issues and work with individuals, collaborate to organize workshops, and consult with other experts. Fifteen extension professionals are located in nine different offices in the downstate marine and upstate Great Lakes regions.

PMEP promotes the safe use of pesticides for the applicator, the consumer, and the environment, and also serves as a pesticide information/education center for those interested in pesticide chemicals.
NY RAPP is charged with developing sustainable means for New York State farmers to manage used agricultural plastics by recycling, reusing, and minimizing waste.

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Faculty Spotlight
Headshot of Jan Nyrop
Jan Nyrop
Director of Cornell AgriTech, professor of entomology, and associate dean for Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences