Committed to 100% Renewable electricity
Columbia University set out to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 35% over its 2006 baseline in its first campus Sustainability Plan, released in 2017. To date, the University has exceeded this goal through a combination of retro-comissioning measures and the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), achieving 100% renewable electricity for all campuses.
Columbia University was recently recognized by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Campus Challenge leader for its efforts in implementing clean energy solutions across its campuses.
As Columbia welcomes both new and returning students, faculty, and staff who may have been learning and working remotely throughout the spring and summer months, we’re faced with a campus environment that is in many ways different than we left it in March.
Columbia University has again taken action to enable its strategy for 100 percent clean, renewable energy by purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset greenhouse gas emissions from 2019 electricity consumption at the Morningside, Manhattanville, Irving Medical Center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Nevis, and Baker Athletics Complex campuses. The acquired RECs are certified by the industry-leading verification program Green-e Energy and represent an equivalent number of megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable zero emissions electricity.