The Plan

About Columbia's Sustainability Plan

The Columbia University Sustainability Plan is the University’s first formalized document bringing together sustainability efforts from myriad departments around campus. It is the result of a 16-month focused collaboration with students, faculty, administrators, and scientists working across departments to create a three-year, operations-focused roadmap to create a more sustainable campus.

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Greenhouse Gas

Publicly reporting absolute GHG emissions through The Climate Registry.


Employing energy conservation as a central strategy to achieve a 35% GHG reduction by 2020.


Reducing transportation emissions through greener campus fleets and commute alternatives.


Diverting more materials from landfill via recycling, re-use, organics and waste minimization.

University President Lee C. Bollinger

"Columbia’s leadership must continue to be reflected not only through the towering scholarship of our climate experts, but also through the ways in which we consume energy where we live, learn, and conduct research."


- President Lee C. Bollinger

What is Sustainable Columbia?

Sustainable Columbia is the brand identity for Columbia University’s campus sustainability initiative, centralized through the Office of Sustainability and executed by a variety of University departments and projects. The Sustainable Columbia mark visually connects the many programs on campus that contribute to the success of our campus sustainability efforts by helping meet the goals set forth in this Plan.