Welcome to Sustainable Columbia
Columbia University commits to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner. At Columbia, we recognize that to be truly sustainable is to take a multi-faceted and multi-tiered approach. We are looking to tackle climate and sustainability issues through world-renowned research occurring right here on our campus, engaging staff leadership and individual participation. Ranging from energy conservation efforts to award-winning reuse programs and recycling efforts, we're dedicated to creating a more sustainable planet for all.
Columbia's New Sustainability Plan: Plan 2030
Columbia University released a new sustainability plan on Earth Day, covering 2021 through 2030. Called "Plan 2030," this is Columbia’s roadmap to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Read the plan to learn more!
Columbia University Releases New Sustainability Plan Outlining Actions to Reach Net Zero Emissions by 2050
The plan provides a set of operational strategies and benchmarks, grounded in science, for Columbia to achieve its ambitious sustainability goals.
Columbia University ranked third in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Top 30 College and University green power users across the United States as part of their Green Power Partnership (GPP). Columbia’s 100 percent zero emissions electricity from various sources, including solar and wind, provided 277,892,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power in 2020, behind the University of California and Arizona State University.
New York, NY – Columbia University was awarded Climate Registered™ Gold by The Climate Registry, a nonprofit organization that is governed by U.S. states and operates the Carbon Footprint Registry, which is North America’s largest voluntary registry for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Columbia earned this recognition by publicly reporting a third-party verified GHG emissions inventory for its operations. This data will enable them to track their climate initiatives and GHG reductions credibly over time.
Make a Difference Today
Every member of the Columbia community has a role to play in achieving our sustainability goals. Learn how you can make a difference and help build a healthier, more sustainable Columbia.