Sustainability & Climate Action

Barnard’s Commitment to Climate Action

Barnard’s Climate Action Vision is a 360-degree approach that prioritizes the role of women, people of color, and low-income communities in defining new paradigms for climate leadership.

Climate Action: Building the Future We Want

March 21-22, 2020 (the last Saturday and Sunday of Spring Break, 9 AM-5 PM on both days). Application deadline extended! Apply here.

In this weekend-long convening, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside your fellow Barnard students and across disciplines to develop ideas and solutions for our campus and city of the future. 

It’s all connected

Individual wellness, a diverse and inclusive community, and a healthy environment are all part of building a sustainable future. Join us as we connect the dots between our students, our communities, and our planet.

Explore climate action at Barnard through our three main areas of focus: 


Barnard’s coursework and research engage with sustainability from all angles, from climate science and renewable technologies to environmental justice and social and cultural interpretations of the environment. 

Finance & Governance

Barnard is committed to incorporating climate action and sustainability into its decision-making, from strategic planning to student involvement in creating campus sustainability policies.

Campus Culture & Operations

This commitment includes both operational changes, in our energy usage and our waste production, as well as social and cultural changes.