Barnard encourages reusable water bottles, uses recycled materials whenever possible, and composts food waste.
Setting the Standard in Campus Sustainability
Nestled on a lush, green campus in the midst of New York City, Barnard makes sustainable practice a daily reality. From a swap shop where students reuse clothing to groundbreaking environmental research, the entire Barnard community is fully engaged in developing a sustainable model for campuses around the country.
Barnard College has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) program is the most widely recognized framework for publicly reported information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.
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square feet under glass at the Arthur Ross Greenhouse
organic lawn care
What We're Doing
You can study environmental issues with Barnard’s “campus as a laboratory” and get involved with the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Barnard is setting the stage for sustainable, award-winning campus architecture with the Milstein Center, with the LEED Gold-rated Diana Center, and the Milstein Center, slated for a LEED Silver rating.
Recharging From the Ground Up
Tucked away from Broadway’s noise and bustle, the Barnard campus is a green oasis where you can hang out on the lawn, hear songbirds in trees, and take sunny breaks on the Milstein Center’s green terraces.
The most unexpectedly useful thing that I brought to college was a spare blanket I spread out whenever my friends and I want to hang out on the lawn.
Greening the Neighborhood
Join students who are mentoring New York City youth at a local nonprofit focused on food justice and health.
Inspire a love of the natural world by becoming one of Barnard’s Sprout Up environmental science instructors in elementary schools.
Dig, plant, grow, and connect at “Bargarden,” a community garden on Barnard’s Quad started by fellow students.
Across the street at Columbia University, you can get involved in even more climate action groups, including Green Umbrella, a network of environmental student groups on Columbia and Barnard campuses.