Get Involved

Every member of the Columbia community has a role to play in achieving our sustainability goals. Read on to learn how you can make a difference and help build a healthier, more sustainable Columbia

Reduce energy and electricity use  

  • Turn off lights, power down, and unplug electronics when not in use, especially during nights and breaks.

Reuse, reuse, and recycle 

  • Learn what you can recycle at Columbia. 
  • Donate and swap unwanted items during Clean + Go Green and Give + Go Green events. 
  • Use the surplus re-use program to donate or re-use office furniture and equipment. 
  • Taste, don't waste.  Practice mindfulness when selecting food in the dining halls and other eating establishments around campus. Wasting food wastes the energy and water used in producing and transporting it. 

Walk, bike, or use alternative transportation   

Report drips and window leaks 

Use a reusable mug or bottle 

Volunteer to lead sustainable change 

  • Join a sustainability-focused student clubs.
  • Stay tuned for updates on the newly formed Sustainable Columbia Leadership Network.
  • Take advantage of existing programs in your living space or lab.

Adopt healthy, sustainable lifestyle habits 

  • Take the Green Monday pledge to learn how to make slight shifts in your lifestyle, starting with what you eat, which can help to reduce your environmental impact. 

Learn it 

Wash clothes in cold 

  • Washing in cold or "bright colors" uses 90% less energy than washing in hot and it preserves the life of your clothes. 

Take shorter showers 

  • By reducing your shower time you can help save water and the energy used to heat the water.

Brand it 

  • Are you putting together a sustainability event or initiative on campus? Brand your posters, powerpoints and flyers with the new "Sustainable Columbia" logo to join the movement. Contact Environmental Stewardship to learn about the new branding guidelines.