Columbia University Receives State Recycling Leadership Award

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) awarded Columbia University with the Recycling Leadership Award for our efforts over the past year to promote recycling, composting, and other initiatives to reduce waste to landfill.

November 14, 2018

Columbia University recently received the 2018 New York State Recycling Leadership Award in the College or University category from the New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3).

Columbia University is noted for constantly improving waste management through its programs and services, from on-the-ground educational outreach to behind-the-scenes operational improvements. The Office of Sustainability partners with Operations Department to drive change in accordance with the University’s Sustainability Plan. Columbia is on track to align with NYC’s OneNYC waste-to-landfill goal by 2030.

“NYSAR3 is proud to recognize and honor the professionals and organizations who work every day to make a positive impact on our environment through sustainable materials management in New York,” said Kelli Timbrook, NYSAR3 president.

The ES office produced the Workspace Certification Program, a set of interactive guidelines that provides eco-conscious action items and gamifies recycling, refurbished hundreds of recycling bins and held 80 “Know Where to Throw” presentations. Other highlights of the Columbia program include: consistent recycling signage; expanded composting to 41 buildings; EPA-award-winning Clean + Go Green events (for year-end clean outs); and a surplus furniture and equipment reuse program.

The professional recyclers’ association for New York State, NYSAR3 recognizes a few outstanding achievers each year for their dedication, innovation, and passion for recycling. The awards were presented during closing ceremonies at the annual New York State Recycling Conference in Cooperstown on Nov. 8.