Barnard’s climate vision acknowledges the critical role of women and people of color in defining climate solutions, and the intersectionality of climate and social justice. We are committed to expanding our work at this intersection, while providing support to students and amplifying the voices of communities of color as we work together to find solutions.
Barnard’s faculty brings expertise in environmental sciences, sustainability, and social justice, and are working to provide students the tools to create a more equitable future. The Consortium of Critical Interdisciplinary Studies recently launched an Environmental Humanities minor, the Environmental Science department offers a major and minor, and the Anthropology department offers the Political Ecology Track. For additional information click here.
- Courses: Barnard offers a variety of courses that explore environmental justice. Below are just a few highlights, please also see the full list of sustainability related-courses:
- Fall 2021
- ANTH BC3932, Anthropology, Climate Change, Global Migration, and Human Rights in the Anthropocene - Professor Patrick Nason
- ECON BC3011, Economics, Inequality and Poverty - Professor Ashley Timmer
- HIST BC3177, History, Scarcity: Economy and Nature - Professor Carl Wennerlind
- FYSB BC1746, First Year Seminar, Women of Color in Speculative Literature - Professor Quincy Jones
- FYWB BC1111, First Year Writing, Imagining Social Justice -Professor Monica F Cohen
Talks and research: Barnard’s faculty and BCRW have a variety of talks and research studies. Here are just a few:
- Professor Belinda Archibong’s interview with the Center for Engaged Pedagogy.
- Professor Marisa Solomon’s talk at Wesleyan and Black Atlantic Ecologies project.
- Professor Debbie Becher’s investigation of property-rights transfers necessary for oil extraction in the Northern Plains.
- Professor Paige West, Director of the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference, Imagining Justice
- 45th Annual Scholar and Feminist Conference: Climate Crisis, Climate Justice
Click her to learn about our Circular Campus and pathway to net zero.
CU: Climate Justice and Just Transition: Recognition and Reparations, October 19, 2021 5:30pm – 7:00pm
CU: A Conversation About Climate and Food with Bill McKibbin, October 13, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm
BC: Environmental Justice in the Community, September 28, 2021 -
BC: NYC Climate Week Panel Discussion: Building a Circular Campus: Connecting the Dots Between Scope 3 Emissions, Circularity, and Justice. September 23rd 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- 5 Questions With… Dean Spade ‘97
- Monumental Landscapes
- Grassroots Organizing 101
- Environmental Reclamations
Advancing Barnard’s Climate Action: A Conversation Series and Citizens’ Assembly: During the fall semester we held a series of campus conversations open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumnae to bring the community together and develop a set of recommendations. Our conversations focused on sustainability and access, climate in the curriculum, and travel emissions.