Meeting the Challenge

Barnard College is fully committed to environmental sustainability and to doing all we can to conserve energy and water, decrease consumption, and reduce our carbon footprint. To this end, we are replacing old electric and water hogging appliances with new efficient models, purchasing 100 percent wind power certified Green-e Energy, requiring all newly constructed buildings to be LEED Certified, and taking steps towards purchasing recycled materials for daily operations and construction.  We are actively promoting awareness campaigns aimed at reducing waste and encouraging sustainable practices to all members of our community. 

In fact, we are fulfilling our role as a leading academic institution in the City with the support of the college's executive leadership.  We are looking beyond the blocks of our campus and how our leadership can impact the greater New York City community.  Thanks to the efforts of faculty, staff, and student organizations such as the Sustainable Practices Committee as well the Eco Reps, Barnard pledged in 2007 with then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s PlaNY2030 Challenge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent of 2005 levels in 10 years.  The goal was met in just six years, making Barnard one of the first institutions to complete the challenge.  In 2014, Barnard signed on for a second round of the challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent of 2005 levels by 2025. Barnard is also a participant in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s REV Campus Challenge


Sustainable Practices Committee


Barnard's Commitment to sustainability is our pledge for a better, greener, future: not only for the Barnard community and Morningside Heights, but 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.

Organizational Structure:

  • Co-Chair, Vice President for Campus Services
  • Co-Chair, Director of a Sustainability and Environment
  • 2 faculty members
  • 2 students to be appointed by the SGA
  • Executive Director of Facilities Services
  • One additional administrator to be appointed by the Vice President for Campus Services


Email us your questions, comments, and concerns: green@barnard.edu