Our Green Campus

Plant Life Grows on You in the Arthur Ross Greenhouse

Barnard’s Arthur Ross Greenhouse is one of the most unusual rooftop gardens in the city.

Setting the Standard in Campus Sustainability

Nestled on a lush, green campus, Barnard makes sustainable practice a daily reality. This was the first college to vote to divest from fossil fuel companies that question the science of climate change. 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.

Greening Barnard


square feet of green space on campus


square feet under glass at the Arthur Ross Greenhouse


decrease in emissions over six years

Campus Nature

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 lush 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.

Cleo Payne ’22

Climate Action

Barnard has a history of piloting innovative urban eco-programs. Through a campus-wide conversation, the community developed an ambitious action plan to address issues of consumption and waste and to reduce carbon emissions. Today, Barnard is well on its way to achieving its goals.

Environmental Research

Mentored in their research by professor Jonathan Snow, students look for ways to promote bee health while tending to the beehives on the roof of Barnard Hall.

Be Greener

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.