The NYC Smart Compost bin program is expanding throughout the city, including three new bins on Broadway near Morningside campus. New Yorkers can use these bins to drop off food scraps 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Two student capstone projects in 2022 focused on assessing and improving transportation sustainability on campus. An undergraduate Sustainable Development Workshop studied vehicle and charging recommendations approaching 2025, and the School of Professional Studies’ Master of Science in Sustainability Management (SUMA) Program tasked a capstone group with creating a strategy for tracking and reducing Scope 3 emissions from freight.

With help from IRN: The Reuse Network, Columbia Housing provided gently used bedroom, dining, and lounge furniture sets to seven charities, providing support to organizations in need, extending the life of useable furniture, and diverting 150,000 pounds of waste from entering landfills.  

There’s no better time than the present to...clean! Cleaning your office or living space creates more space and can also help the environment. Columbia University Facilities and Operations and our partners across campus want to help. As part of our award-winning “Clean + Go Green” program, we will make large bins available across the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses at no cost to you for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large, unwanted items. Best of all, Facilities and Operations will separate and recycle your items. That way, when you clean, you “go green.”  

October is Campus Sustainability Month, and we are proud to share with you the work being done across the University to contribute to a more sustainable future. Click here to read the full newsletter for October, 2022.

Sean Scollins is the new Assistant Vice President of Engineering and Energy for Columbia University Facilities and Operations. We've asked Sean some questions about sustainable energy management at Columbia. Check out his answers below!

As part of Climate Week NYC, Columbia's Environmental Stewardship office hosted a panel webinar focused on sustainability in transportation at institutions of higher education. Running from September 19 through 25, Climate Week NYC is the biggest global climate event of its kind.

The Office of Environmental Stewardship is seeking a Zero Waste Fellow to conduct research, interviews, and live observations to develop a student engagement program for proper waste segregation on campus.

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Transportation professionals from peer institutions met at Columbia for a weekend of presentations, tours, and exchanging of information.

The feature highlights Columbia's efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint under Plan 2030 with a focus on building energy systems, technological advancements, and sustainable construction. Read the full article here.

In honor of Earth Day, we are proud to share with you the Sustainable Columbia Plan 2030: Year One Progress Report and highlight the work being done across the University to contribute to a more sustainable future. Click here to read the full newsletter for April, 2022.

As events and in-person activities resume on campus, there are resources available to you to ensure your preparations support the University’s commitment to sustainability.

Columbia’s ten-year sustainability plan, Plan 2030, completes its first full year this Earth Day. We are proud to share with you the Sustainable Columbia Plan 2030: Year One Progress Report and highlight the work being done across the University to contribute to a more sustainable future. 

As Columbia continues to implement the sustainability commitments outlined in Plan 2030, we write to announce Columbia’s future plans to gradually transition Columbia-managed parking areas for use by zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) only, phasing out access for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles such as gas and diesel vehicles. The phase-out in university-managed space is expected to begin between the years 2030 and 2037 in an effort to meet the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.