Cornell impacts New York City

Cornell University has a transformative impact on New York City driven by the university’s land-grant mission to create and share new knowledge. Our world-class academic research solves real problems for real New Yorkers, and dozens of Cornell outreach efforts, programs and research projects focus on issues the city faces every day. The following are just a few examples of Cornell's impact.

Agriculture & Food

Cornell seeds urban farming


Cornell’s innovative partnership with Manhattan’s Food and Finance High School includes a 40-unit hydroponic learning model curriculum to teach students the New York State Regents "Living Environment" curriculum through experience. FFHS includes three learning labs developed by Cornell scientist Philson Warner:


The hydroponics lab grows 9 types of lettuce, cabbage and herbs.


The aquaponics lab creates a self-sustaining system in which nutrients from the fish sustain the plants, while the plants clean the water for the fish.


The aquaculture learning lab is used to raise more than 10,000 tilapia and other types of fish.


50000 lbs.

of organically-cultivated produce

Cornell researchers collaborate with Brooklyn Grange, which grows more than 50,000 pounds of organically-cultivated produce annually at the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City.

Hands-on nutrition education


During 2015, more than 42174 individuals participated in Cornell Cooperative Extension's NYC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.


Parenting adults participated in our traditional EFNEP 8 lesson workshop series.


Youth participated in workshop series and received education designed to increase awareness of healthy eating and the benefits of being physically active.


Adults and youth received information at one-time events, such as training workshops and demonstrations at community organizations.

NYC Farmers Markets


People at nine farmers markets visited Cornell University Cooperative Extension cooking and learning stations in New York City. Most tasted farm fresh produce cooked using simple, nutritious recipes.


People visited CCE stations at farmers markets in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Medicine, Health & Policy

Finding Cures and Saving Lives

Weill Cornell Medicine

Medicine is constantly changing, but Weill Cornell Medicine's compassionate, superior patient care is constant.

top doctors
sq. ft. of research space
active clinical trials
new startups
active U.S. patents
National Institutes of Health awards

Exceptional patient care is the heart and soul of our mission.

2.7 million

annual patient encounters



Ground breaking

Research by faculty and graduate students at Weill Cornell Medicine is collaborative, groundbreaking and always patient focused.

Research Funding (millions) – FY2016

*Does not include affiliates

$120.4M NIH funding
$33.9M Private foundation grants
$32.7M Other government agencies
$22.8M Industry contracts
$16.6M Clinical trials



A living lab for sustainable technology

The House, a 270000-square-feet apartment tower nearing completion at Cornell Tech and designed by two Cornell alumni, is the tallest passive-house high-rise in the world.

Oriented toward the arc of the sun, the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island will capture a large, daily dose of solar power, using the Earth’s generous internal, thermal power as an additional energy source.

Height in feet.
Number of graduate students, faculty and staff it will house.

Environmentally Friendly

At 160000-square-feet, The Bloomberg Center—in honor of Emma and Georgina Bloomberg—harvests up to 2/3 of the energy it consumes from the campus site.


Number of megawatts the campus’s solar array will generate at daily peak.


Size in acres of the geothermal well field.

Belfer Research Building Certified LEED Gold

Weill Cornell Medicine’s state-of-the-art Belfer Research Building has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and green construction.


Amount of energy reduction compared to a minimally code-compliant structure by employing energy-saving mechanical systems.
The Belfer Research Building is only the second laboratory building in New York City to receive LEED Gold certification.

Economic Impact

Startup enterprises in New York City

Cornell Tech startups have focused on a broad sector of industries, including Wellness, Internet of Things, Big Data, Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Mobile Technology.

In Cornell Tech’s Studio, students across programs–from computer scientists to MBAs–collaborate on startup projects.


Number of companies spun out, employing 105 people and totaling $15 million in seed and pre-seed funding since the campus opened in 2013.


Proportion of these startup companies headquartered in the city.