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 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.
Columbia Print was recently profiled in In-plant Impressions (IPI), a graphic arts magazine written specifically for in-plant print shops. The article praised Columbia Print's sustainability efforts and innovation in the print industry, specifically their early adoption of carbon-reducing recycled and TreeZero paper. Read the full article on IPI's website.
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.