Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

We are reaching out to you today to ask for your participation.

Over the course of this academic year, we will engage a community-wide conversation to develop an action plan on sustainability at Barnard. Making Barnard environmentally sustainable has been a priority for many years. And now — more than ever — given the environmental risks posed by climate change, we have an obligation to redouble our efforts to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. This effort requires participation and input from the entire community. We must actively address questions such as: How can we change our practices and culture to build on our strong foundation of sustainable efforts? How innovative can we be in developing solutions to reduce consumption and energy usage?

Sandra Goldmark, Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Theater and Barnard's first-ever Director for Sustainability and Environment, will be leading five workshops to inform Barnard's Sustainability Action Plan and to guide us in answering these important questions. The first of these workshops, focusing on the varied ways for Barnard to reduce consumption and waste, will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the James Room.

We hope that you will attend the workshop on Thursday and plan on attending the four remaining sessions to be held throughout the academic year. We need your input. Only when we come together as a community can we achieve the innovative and bold response to key challenges that has long distinguished Barnard.

We look forward to your participation.


Sian Leah Beilock

Linda Bell
Provost and Dean of the Faculty