Make a Difference

A sampling of projects and initiatives that we and our member groups are working on:

  • Finding ways to reduce and improve the efficiency of fliering on campus
  • Decreasing food and associated waste at campus dining locations
  • Composting food waste from Lerner dining locations; catering.
  • Developing green and labor-friendly purchasing standards
  • Continue to integrate environmental awareness programming into the New Student Orientation Program
  • Create a Revolving Loan Fund and explore Green funding options on Columbia’s campus

And here are a couple of things we would like to do in the future:

  • Perform an after-hours lighting survey to determine areas and specific buildings on campus where electricity is wasted in order to reduce Columbia’s carbon footprint.
  • Standardize a way through which Columbia students can buy and sell their used textbooks to each other
  • Get the College Walk Christmas lights installed as LEDs
  • Reduce the presence of bottled water on campus

If you have an idea for something you would like to see changed on campus, and/or if any of these current or future projects sound interesting to you, send us your thoughts at cugreenumbrella@gmail.com!

Otherwise, among the best ways to get involved is to check out some of the Umbrella’s organizations – just visit the Our Members page to see a list of groups with their website (when applicable) and contact info.

Aside from campus and community projects, there is also a great deal that individuals can do to lead more environmentally sustainable lives. We have provided a series of easy-to-follow steps that you can take where even the smallest changes can make a big difference!

Click here to get started.

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