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, 2023.

Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President for the Office of Sustainability, has started holding Office Hours every week on Tuesdays.

The Office of Sustainability participated in the Great Broadway Sweep during Climate Week NYC. The event rallied students, faculty, staff, Morningside Heights and West Harlem community partners, and neighbors to collect trash along New York City’s most iconic street. 

As part of Climate Week 2023, the Office of Sustainability hosted a virtual panel about Plan 2030 and the University's pathway to campus electrification. In case you missed it, the full recording is available below!

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Continuing its 2018 commitment to achieve 100% net zero emissions electricity, Columbia University has again taken action to mitigate emissions associated with its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from purchased electricity.

Columbia University Facilities and Operations purchased five new second-generation electric Vantage Vehicle mini-trucks for its grounds operations at Morningside campus. The department plans to phase out its existing fleet of first-generation Vantage Vehicles as they reach their end of life.

The Lamont Park-and-Ride program recently expanded, adding ten new parking spaces for Columbia affiliates who want to park at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus in Palisades, NY for a nominal fee and ride the free Lamont-Doherty Shuttle to and from campus. This recent increase brings the total to 51 parking spaces.

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly changed how many employees work, creating a co-benefit of reduced travel, which supported Columbia’s sustainability goals.

Columbia Transportation and the Office of Sustainability participated in a capstone project with students from the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development this Spring semester.

On May 20, 2023, Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus hosted a free, fun-filled celebration of community.

Assistant Vice President of the Office of Sustainability Jessica Prata and Senior Energy Engineer Adam Courtney presented at NYSERDA’s Clean Green Campuses Annual Workshop this month.

Columbia University's Office of Sustainability enthusiastically welcomes its newest interns, Daniel Leal and Edgar Flores, both Sustainable Development undergraduates from the School of General Studies.

Combined, Columbia’s campuses include around 17 million square feet of various building types, ages, sizes and program uses. Capital project portfolios at each respective campus consist of a broad range of project types and sizes, from small renovations to ground-up buildings. Most capital projects on the historical Morningside campus generally rely on existing campus utility infrastructure for all services.