Sustainability & Climate Action

Barnard’s Commitment to Climate Action

Barnard’s Climate Action Vision, the result of a campus-wide collaborative effort over the past two years, outlines our 360-degree approach that prioritizes the role of women, people of color, and low-income communities in defining new paradigms for climate leadership.

Student-Led Solutions

Help us build solutions by submitting an application for the Student Climate Action Grant, available to support any student project related to sustainability, climate, or human interactions with the environment. 

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.

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’s goal is to integrate sustainability as a priority across all levels of the institution, from the reorientation of our endowment away from fossil fuels 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.