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When Columbia Athletics purchased a set of new lockers for the women’s softball locker room last month, a multi-departmental effort found a new home for the old lockers, which were still in good condition.

As part of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) International Conference – where Columbia was awarded “Best Overall Program” for transportation demand management (TDM) – one of Columbia’s new battery-electric buses shuttled industry professionals on a tour from the Marriot Marquis in Times Square to Columbia’s campuses in uptown Manhattan.

At its annual International Conference – held this year in New York City – the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) presented Columbia University with an award for “Best Overall Program” in transportation demand management (TDM). The award recognized Columbia’s achievements in reducing drive-alone commutes, providing alternative sustainable transport for commuters, and the purchase of six battery-electric buses, among other initiatives.

The New York State Department of Transportation has declared June 27 and 28 Air Quality Action Days in the downstate metro area. This means high amounts of ground-level ozone are forecasted. Ground-level ozone can trigger chest pain, impact lung tissue and can be particularly unsafe to people with heart and lung problems as well as older adults and children.

Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Wednesday, July 10 through Friday, July 12, 2019. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.

Columbia University advanced its strategy for clean, renewable energy with a purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) for off-site wind generation, continued use of hydropower, and new investment in solar power. As a result, Columbia achieved 100% renewable, zero emissions for reported electricity in 2018 for the Morningside, Manhattanville, Irving Medical Center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Nevis, and Baker Athletics Complex campuses. Columbia has exceeded its goal of cutting emissions by 35% over 2006 levels by 2020.

With a 47 percent reduction in absolute GHG emissions at the Morningside campus, Columbia has exceeded its goal of cutting emissions by 35 percent over 2006 levels by 2020. 

The first ever Campus Sustainability Fair brought members of all Columbia campuses to The Forum – Columbia’s newest LEED Gold certified building – for a day of celebration, networking, and learning about sustainability.

Columbia University has been selected as a Clean Air NY Campus Partner, an honor given to institutions of higher education who go above and beyond to encourage and facilitate their communities to carpool, take public transit, bike, or walk to campus.

For the second year running, Columbia University will observe Earth Hour on Saturday, March 30 at 8:30 p.m. along with other universities, cities, and businesses in more than 180 countries worldwide.

Columbia University achieved Climate Registered™ status by measuring its carbon footprint according to The Climate Registry’s (TCR) best-in-class program, then having it third-party verified and publicly reporting the data on TCR’s website.

For the third time in a row, Columbia University has earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Facilities and Operations is holding the next Clean + Go Green Event at the Morningside campus from Thursday December 6 to Friday December 7, 2018. We will make large bins available across campus, at no cost to you, for the recycling, reuse or proper disposal of large unwanted items.