Waste Reduction on Campus and Beyond
Columbia strives toward zero waste through our comprehensive recycling program, including in-person recycling training called "Know Where to Throw," as well as the consistent expansion of compost collection in partnership with the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and private carting companies. Waste management is a central tenet of Columbia's sustainability plan.
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.
During its coverage of the Global Citizen Festival in September, MSNBC featured members of Columbia University in a segment focused on individuals and groups engaged in social issues including health, education, sustainability and sanitation.
We Recycle Columbia-owned Office Furniture
The ReUse Program is a network for exchanging University-owned office furniture and other items among colleagues. The program is a collaboration between the Office of Environmental Stewardship, department administrators across campus, Columbia Community Service, and Facilities & Operations.