Our Mission

Barnard's commitment to sustainability is our pledge for a better, greener, future: not only for the Barnard community and Morningside Heights, but also for a more environmentally and socially responsible planet. It's the College's intention to involve and integrate students, faculty, and staff into promoting sustainable practices, reducing our environmental footprint, and encouraging the adoption of effective and efficient programs that demonstrate our commitment as a leader in the urban environmental landscape.

“Barnard has a unique opportunity and special responsibility to pilot innovative programs and set audacious goals that can serve as a model for campuses around the country.” - Divestment Task Force Report

Barnard Takes Action

Campus Conversation

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Barnard College is hosting a a workshop series--a campus conversation--in which faculty, staff, and students from across the College are gathering to work towards the creation of a shared climate action vision statement. We will tackle tough questions about the choices we make individually and collectively on campus, about the systems we create around ourselves, about our habits, and about our social and political engagement outside our campus. Ongoing sustainability initiatives will continue as we move through this process.  

Join the conversation!

Next Workshop

Our next workshop is Campus Culture on March 23rd from 3-5:30 p.m. in the James Room, Barnard Hall. Register here!






Consumption & Waste

Barnard has a long history of addressing issues of consumption and waste on campus and is currently enhancing efforts to continue to engage the entire community. This year, the College is enhancing waste collection and recycling on campus by regularizing bin locations and signage, introducing single stream recycling, piloting organics (food scraps) collection, and increasing education and awareness in our community of proper waste sorting.

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As a leading New York academic institution, Barnard has participated in Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's PlaNYC2030, a commitment to enhance the urban environment of all five New York City boroughs. Barnard completed the first stage of the challenge early, achieving a 30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in just six years and signed on for the second phase, a 50% reduction by the year 2025.

See how this works!



Local Environment

Barnard is working to actively care for our own campus and physical spaces and to create connections with our community neighbors. Learn more about students launching a community garden, faculty raising bees, and partners in creating change in Morningside Heights.

Experience the community!



Curricula & Research

Barnard offers a variety of courses in sustainable sciences and theory, and works closely with the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Expand your career path, and get connected with a network of internships and courses that will help you gain experience in environmental awareness.

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Student Initiatives

Barnard students have created many groups to collaborate for better practices on campus and in the community. Through research, policies, protest, and volunteer engagement these groups are a diverse and engaged team working across campus and the city for climate action.

Learn more about our student initiatives!