The following email was sent to the Barnard community on January 31, 2018:

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

We would like to start by thanking all of you who have been active in our campus conversations about sustainability at Barnard. As we work toward drafting and ratifying a community vision statement for climate action, we write to inform you of some important initiatives taking place on campus this semester.

Throughout our campus, you may have noticed new waste collection stations, with signage to support easy sorting of materials. One highlight of these stations is single-stream recycling: all paper, metal, glass, and plastic can be placed together in the blue bins. Gray bins are only for waste that should go to landfill. To help reduce Barnard’s waste in landfills, we encourage everyone to take a moment to read the signs and pause to sort correctly.   

In addition, we are piloting organics (food scraps) collection bins across campus. You can find these yellow bins in the lobbies of Barnard Hall, Milbank Hall, Altschul Hall and The Diana Center, as well as in Hewitt Dining Hall, The Diana Center Café and at Liz’s Place. Additionally, 16 departments also have organics collection bins in their suites. 

After collection, organics are sent to off-campus facilities where they are converted into compost or renewable energy. Since organics can represent as much as 30 percent of solid waste on campus, your efforts in sorting can make a big impact on campus and beyond. We look forward to reporting back on the outcomes of this pilot project.

For more information on how to correctly sort your trash, recycling and organics, please watch this video created by the Sustainable Practices Committee.  The Committee will also be providing more information on this process through tabling next Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6 and 7 from 11a.m.-2 p.m. in The Diana Center.  

Finally, a quick reminder that we have two additional participatory workshops planned.  The next will focus on Curricula and Research and will take place on Monday, February 12 at 6 p.m.  Additional details are available on our website

Thank you again for supporting sustainability at Barnard.  


Gail Beltrone
VP of Campus Services

Sandra Goldmark
Director, Sustainability and Environment
Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Theatre