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Welcome! The CU Environmental Checklist is a tool that can be used across Cornell to determine whether a project, process, or operational change requires review from the Environmental Health and Safety Department's Environmental Compliance Division or approval and/or permitting from federal, state, or local regulatory agencies. In addition, CU Policy 2.9 requires an internal environmental review of all projects with potentially significant environmental impacts. This checklist is designed to help project managers identify projects that have these potential impacts, and to facilitate the internal environmental review process.


Project Information

Contact Name:
Project Title:
Project Phase:
Project Description:
Estimated Start Date:

Does this project involve...

Land Disturbance

Activities that involve movement of soil, fill, sod, gravel, etc. of 50 or more cu. yrds. but results in a total of less than 1 acre of disturbance (help)
Activities that result in a total of 1 acre or more of soil disturbance, including staging areas or multi-phase projects. (help)
Activity with the potential to unearth contaminated soils (i.e. fill areas, spill sites, etc) (help)
Creating or modifying a permanent stormwater management practice (i.e. retention pond, sand filter, swale, etc) or an outfall (help)


Creating or modifying a drain, discharge, or process that results in discharges to a system or location other than a municipal sanitary sewer. (help)
Creating or modifying a drain or process that results in discharges of laboratory, industrial or non-sewage wastewater to the sanitary sewer system. Includes temporary or one-time discharges. (help)
Adding or modifying heating, cooling or dehumidifying equipment which will result in a wastewater discharge to the sanitary sewer (help)
Installation or modification of pretreatment equipment to treat wastes or wastewater prior to discharge into the sanitary sewer system. (help)
Discovery of a drain for which the ultimate discharge location has not been verified. (help)
Operation or maintenance activities that involve cleaning or surface preparation of buildings, equipment, or vehicles that generate runoff or wastewater. (help)
Activity will result in discharges or runoff to the storm sewer system or to surface waters that is not entirely composed of stormwater. (help)


New or modified lab hood (help)
New or modified exhaust or emission point (help)
New or modified fresh air intake (help)
Any new or modified equipment or processes with potential air emissions (help)
Any new or modified refrigerant-containing equipment (help)

Wetlands, Streams, and Natural Areas

Presence of wetlands on the site (help)
Shoreline or streambed/bank disturbance (help)
Work in a designated Tompkins County Unique Natural Area, or Cornell designated natural area (help)

Storage of Petroleum or Chemicals

Addition or change to a petroleum or chemical storage tank (container that requires the use of a pump to remove the product), or associated piping or equipment (e.g. emergency generator) (help)
Temporary petroleum tank at a construction site or other site (help)
Are you storing/using chemicals or petroleum (or changed stored quantities recently?) that if released, spilled or involved in a fire, could pose a threat to safety, health, or the environment?" (help)

Hazardous Waste

Will a contractor manage off-site disposal of non-hazardous waste material generated by this activity? (help)

Agricultural and Animal Facility

Construction of an animal housing/feeding facility that meets or exceeds Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) designation thresholds (help)
Attach a file with additional project information (OPTIONAL):
IMPORTANT! One file only, no non-alphabetical/numeric characteris in the file name.