For the 2017-2018 academic year, Barnard College is hosting a a workshop series, 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.
Campus Initiatives & Workshops
How do our choices about what we buy, how we use it, and when we toss it impact our carbon footprint and our communities, locally and globally? What is working on campus, currently, in terms of consumption and waste, and what is not? What are the barriers to change?
Where do we get our energy? How much do we use, and what are our options for reducing our impact? What work has been done so far on energy efficiency, supply, and consumption, and what can we do moving forward?
How do we want to care for and use our own piece of land, our campus and our buildings? How do we want to interact and partner with our neighbors and community members in terms of sustainability and climate change?
How can we better connect our teaching with our sustainability operations and activism? What kind of work can we do across disciplines and in our shared curricula? How can we best prepare students to tackle the challenges of climate change?
How can we shift ingrained habits? How can we respond and engage beyond our campus gates in the current political and environmental climate? How can we transform our shared goals into effective and lasting action?
Our Carbon Footprint
In 2015, Barnard partnered with Gotham 360 to generate a comprehensive carbon footprint of our collective campus emissions. While many carbon inventories focus largely on Scopes 1 and 2 (electricity, energy, etc.), Barnard made an unusually detailed assessment of our Scope 3 emissions, which include factors like travel, food, purchases, and waste.