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.

Student Groups

EcoKoin Challenge

Join the challenge!

With the support of an Earth Institute grant, Barnard sophomore Rachel Gates is working with Barnard Sustainability and Dining Services to reduce our use of disposable paper coffee cups. Professor Stephanie Pfirman has developed an app called Ecokoin that can help track behaviors. Under Rachel's leadership, each Barnard class, as a team, will have the opportunity to track their usage of re-useable mugs during the weeks leading up to spring break. The class that uses the most re-useable mugs, wins, and the entire class will receive a prize. Rachel will use the project to track whether the competition shifts habits over time, and to compare the results with previous campus initiatives.


Sustainable Initiative Consulting Board

The Sustainability Initiative Consulting Board (SICB) serves as the means by which students actively research and assess campus sustainability to maintain and/or improve this social commitment. It acts as a liaison between the student body and administration in these efforts. This committee is responsible for developing policies and building infrastructure to increase campus sustainability including but not limited to waste reduction, energy consumption, and water conservation.


The committee is comprised of appointed students.



Barnard EcoReps and Barnard Environmentalists united forces in Fall 2015 to take on environmental initiatives on and around campus. Barnard EcoReps works on a range of projects, so you can get involved in the work that most interests you--whether that's running big campus events like the Green Sale, hosting discussions and speakers at Sustainable Suppers, or planting in a plot in Riverside Park.


Mondays, 7-8 p.m.
Barnard Hall 404


Divest Barnard for a Just Transition

Divest Barnard for a Just Transition  is a student group dedicated to climate justice and divesting Barnard from all fossil fuels! They seek to maintain an active presence on campus and in the activist community that encourages students to engage with the struggle for social and environmental justice.


Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m.
Diana Center 504



Sprout Up

Sprout Up NYC is partnered with Barnard and Columbia University to provide opportunities for eager college students to provide first and second grade classrooms with hands on environmental science education. In so doing they hope to inspire a love of learning and of the natural world in students, all at no cost to schools. Become a Sprout Up Instructor and change the world, one student at a time.


Columbia Chapter Director



Additional Student Clubs

For additional environmentally minded clubs on campus visit the Columbia University Earth Institute's student club list.