Plan 2030 Year 2 Progress Update

The Office of Sustainability has released the Plan 2030 Year 2 progress update

April 21, 2023

Columbia’s ten-year sustainability plan, Plan 2030, completes its second full year this Earth Day. Aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the Science-Based Target Initiative, Plan 2030 sets the University on an aggressive trajectory to reach net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Year Two Progress Report

Recent progress outlined in the report includes:

  • Strategic Decarbonization master plan, including pathway to campus electrification
  • Inventory for Scope 3 emissions, which make up about 75% of the University’s total emissions
  • Development of first non-fossil fuel building in Manhattanville and net-zero building at CUIMC
  • Initiative to replace campus water pumps with new variable frequency drive (VFD) pumps at Lamont
  • Electric vehicle (EV) expansion plan for commuter and 24-hour parking garages
  • Partnership with Amtrak to provide access to discounted fares for business travel along the Northeast corridor, as an alternative to flying

See the progress report.

Upcoming Events

Learn more about the work going on in the classroom and on campus. Attend an Earth Day 2023 or other Sustainability-focused event. See calendar.

About Plan 2030

As a refresher, Columbia launched a 10-year sustainability plan (2021 through 2030) outlining actions the University is taking to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The plan provides a set of operational science-based strategies and benchmarks, grounded in climate science. Go to Plan 2030.