Sustainable Transportation

Overview

Columbia has made great strides toward improving the sustainability of University transportation, both on and off campus. Emissions reduction from Columbia’s on-campus fleet vehicles through increased use of hybrid and electric vehicles will directly affect the University’s net zero emissions goal, while a reduction in business travel and commuting through innovations in videoconferencing technology and increased remote work ability will aid the University in reducing indirect Scope 3 emissions.

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Sustainable Transportation Content Sections

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Campus Fleet

Columbia will reduce emissions from on-campus fleet vehicles to zero by 2037.

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Commuter Emissions and Sustainable Commute Options

Columbia commits to reduce drive-alone commuters and grow car-free connections to campus.

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Business Travel

Columbia commits to reduce University-related business travel.

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Freight Emissions

Columbia recognizes the emissions and traffic congestion issues related to university freight, parcel, and mail deliveries from delivery vehicles.

Topics: Transportation

Recent News: Transportation

September 23, 2021

Plan 2030: Pathway to Decarbonize Columbia University's Campuses

On Thursday, September 23, a panel of Columbia faculty, staff and student representatives discussed the University's ten-year sustainability plan – Plan 2030 – and goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The virtual event included an overview of the plan and discussion about activity underway, noting the role that students and faculty play in meeting the University's goals. The event was coordinated as part of Columbia’s partnership in Climate Week.