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!
Sustainable Columbia at Decarbonization and Urban Institutions Panel
On March 21, Jessica Prata from the Office of Sustainability participated in an Energy Week @ Penn panel discussion on the role of higher education institutions in Boston (MIT), New York City (Columbia), and Philadelphia (Penn) and how these institutions are advancing decarbonization efforts in the context of their communities.
New NYC Smart Compost Bins Installed Near Columbia's Morningside Campus
The NYC Smart Compost bin program is expanding throughout the city, including three new bins on Broadway near Morningside campus. New Yorkers can use these bins to drop off food scraps 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
2022 Student Capstone Projects Explore Sustainable Transportation at Columbia
Two student capstone projects in 2022 focused on assessing and improving transportation sustainability on campus. An undergraduate Sustainable Development Workshop studied vehicle and charging recommendations approaching 2025, and the School of Professional Studies’ Master of Science in Sustainability Management (SUMA) Program tasked a capstone group with creating a strategy for tracking and reducing Scope 3 emissions from freight.
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.