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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.

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April 16, 2020

Columbia Again Achieves 100% Renewable Electricity in 2019

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. 

October 25, 2019

Columbia Kicks Off the Strategic Planning Process for its Next 10-Year Sustainability Plan

As Columbia’s first campus-wide sustainability plan will come to a close in 2020, the Office of Environmental Stewardship launched the planning process to build the next iteration. Plan 2030 – a larger, more ambitious 10-year plan encompassing all four of Columbia’s campuses – will provide a roadmap for the University to take progressive, urgent action around climate change.

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