Sustainability

Initiatives

Columbia Housing's comprehensive recycling program, sustainable operational procedures, and groups like the EcoReps contribute to overall campus sustainability.

Recycling station in the residence halls with three bins
Waste Management

Recycling bins for paper and cardboard, as well as metal, glass, plastic and cartons are available in every building, usually in central locations such as suites, lobbies, and hallways. Learn more about waste management in the Residence Halls.

Wien lounge including sustainably-sourced furnishings
Sustainable Operations

Columbia Housing is committed to incorporating sustainability practices into its daily operations, from purchasing environmentally responsible furnishings to utilizing Energy Star appliances. Learn more about Housing's operational procedures.

EcoReps collecting water bottles in the bleachers after Commencement
EcoReps

The EcoReps program is a joint initiative developed by students and Columbia Housing to encourage green living in the residence halls. Learn more about the EcoReps and how to get involved, and find our more about their annual Green Sale.

Daytime aerial photo of the Columbia Morningside Campus
Sustainable Columbia

Columbia Housing is a partner working to help achieve the goals set by the University's Sustainability Plan. Learn more about how our efforts are helping to create a more Sustainable Columbia.

On the side of a glass door with black metal trim, there is a sign with the letter "A" on it. A corridor is visible through the glass door.
Building Energy Benchmark Grades

In accordance with New York City’s new benchmarking laws, eligible buildings across the city are required to measure and report their energy and water consumption annually for transparency. Learn more about how Energy Benchmark Grades are calculated.