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The Grounds Department provides quality services, consistent with responsible fiscal and environmental stewardship, to support the landscape maintenance and landscape construction needs of the Cornell Community.


Look for signs around campus denoting that the location is a Campus Naturalization Zone.

For more information about Campus Naturalization and Cornell's Advancing Sustainability Action Plan, you can read the full report from the Naturalization Action Team, submitted in May 2009.



Cornell University is recognized as a Tree Campus USA. 

Tree Campus USA Program Description

Cornell University, through the Cornell Landscape Improvement Program (CLIPers) committee, has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA university by the Arbor Day Foundation since 2009. The Tree Campus USA program recognizes universities that effectively manage their campus trees in coordination with the surrounding community to foster healthy urban forests, and engage their students in service-learning forestry projects.  In order to remain designated as such, the university must meet the following standards every year:

Standard 1 — Campus Tree Advisory Committee

Standard 2 — Campus Tree Care Plan

Standard 3 — Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures

Standard 4 — Arbor Day Observance

Standard 5 — Service Learning Project


Walking Tour 

In less than an hour this 1.5-mile walking loop on central campus (PDF map) will allow you to discover recent additions to Cornell’s renowned landscape. The Cornell Landscape Improvement Program (CLIPers) is the major advocacy group for Cornell’s landscape, and is involved with the planning, design, funding and installation of landscape beautification efforts on campus. To learn more about Cornell’s landscape or to support CLIPers’ beautification efforts, you can contact the University Landscape Architect at (607) 255-2668 or