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Breakthrough science can be adapted into real-world solutions to address the climate challenge during our most critical decade. Fueled by the collaborative spirit of Cornell’s faculty, The 2030 Project is helping to remove silos, activate research and leverage existing expertise across all disciplines to find solutions now. Join us.

Meet the Experts

Hundreds of Cornell faculty members are already actively working on climate solutions. They are transforming food systems, innovating energy solutions, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting environmental justice and shaping economic and policy decisions. Researchers are traversing science, scholarship, innovation and entrepreneurialism to scale tangible climate solutions to benefit the planet and its people.

Max Zhang
Max Zhang
Joseph McFadden
Joseph McFadden
Mario Herrero
Mario Herrero portrait
Greeshma Gadikota
Civil and environmental engineer Greeshma Gadikot
Linda Shi
Linda Shi portrait
Carla Gomes
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Héctor D. Abruña
Héctor D. Abruña portrait
Natalie Mahowald
Natalie Mahowald portrait
Maria Cristina Garcia
Maria Cristina Garcia

About the 2030 Project

Food & Farms of the Future

Our transformation of food and agriculture systems helps reduce emissions from food production, removes atmospheric greenhouse gases and prepares us for a warming world.

Energy of the Future

From electricity to heating to transportation, we’re accelerating the decarbonization of the planet and transforming energy systems for all who call it home.

Materials of the Future

We’re at the forefront of creating next-generation industrial technologies and processes to accelerate decarbonization and reduce the negative impacts of a decarbonized world.

Societies of the Future

Now is the time for climate solutions that leave no one behind. We inform policies that turn local action into effective global action, like reducing the drivers of climate migration and helping transform business and finance.

In the News


Seven of the greenest college campuses in the U.S.

Newsweek lists Cornell as one of the seven greenest campuses in the U.S., highlighting achieving platinum-level status in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System for a fourth year. Sarah Carson, director of Cornell's Campus Sustainability Office, is quoted discussing the impact of the Sustainable Cornell Council on the university's green focus and Greeshma Gadikota is quoted on her efforts to decarbonize the concrete industry. 

Fast Company

Growing crops under solar panels makes food—and healthier solar panels

“We have an imperative need to deploy renewable energy as much as we can to combat the impact of climate change, but at the same time, there’s also an important need to preserve farmland for food security,” says Max Zhang, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

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Through fundraising, The 2030 Project can further the scope and impact of Cornell research and education on earth’s climate.

The science is clear — this is the decade of action. Help us develop technological solutions, advance policies that mitigate the impacts of climate change and inspire businesses and individuals to apply these practical solutions in the real world.

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