In just the last few years, seven Columbia buildings earned LEED® certifications. They include environmentally sustainable renovations of the Columbia Alumni Center (Gold), Faculty House (Gold) and Knox Hall (Gold) on the Morningside Heights campus; and individual floors of the Rosenfield Building (Gold) at the Mailman School of Public Health, and of the Studebaker Building (Silver) on the Manhattanville campus. Newly constructed, LEED®-certified buildings include Morningside’s Northwest Corner Building (Gold) and the Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building (Silver) on the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus.

Additional recognition has included the following:

  • Columbia’s Manhattanville campus was the first campus in the country to achieve a LEED®ND (Neighborhood Development) Platinum certification.
  • Columbia University has been featured numerous times in The Princeton Review’s annual Guide to Green Colleges
  • recognized Columbia as one of America’s Greenest Universities
  • Since 2012 Columbia has achieved STARS Gold
  • 2012 U.S. EPA Environmental Quality Award for Columbia’s Clean + Go Green bi-annual recycling program
  • 2014 Environmental Excellence Award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for Columbia’s laboratory waste solvent recycling programs at CUMC and Morningside campuses
  • 2015 AASHE STARS Top Performer Recognition in Transportation
  • 2016 AASHE STARS Top Performer Recognition in Transportation & Research
  • 2016 AEE Awards—Corporate Energy Management of the Year
  • 2016 AEE Awards—Young Energy Professional of the Year

2016 Columbia won the City & State Reports Corporate Social Responsibility Award in Sustainability for its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and advance sustainable initiatives on campus