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.

Earth Week : 50th Anniversary

Stay tuned for ways to connect, take action, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day next week. 

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.

The Sustainable Practices Committee (SPC) at Barnard College stands in solidarity with the fight for justice and anti-racism, reaffirming our commitment to  helping dismantle environmental racism. And we pledge that our actions will reflect this.

Click here for our full statement.

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.