The College Sustainability Report Card

The College Sustainability Report Card

The Sustainable Endowments Institute previously released a College Sustainability Report Card, grading 300 leading colleges by looking at campus greening practices and endowment policies.

2011
Columbia scored an overall grade of B+ and the Food & Recycling category received a “B.” Dining spends 36% of its food budget on local products. John Jay dining hall serves sustainably harvested seafood and is trayless. Exclusively fair-trade coffee is served on campus. Food waste audits are conducted monthly, and students’ unwanted items at the end of the year are donated or sold back to students the following fall.

2010
Columbia’s overall grade was a B, as was the score in the Food & Recycling category. Columbia spends 38 percent of its annual food budget on local items. All seafood is purchased in accordance with sustainability guidelines, and coffee is locally roasted, fair trade, and organic. A discount is offered for bringing a reusable mug. All waste cooking oil is converted into biodiesel. Recycling is available for traditional items and electronic waste, and used items are collected for donation during move-out.

2009
Columbia ranked as one of the top Overall College Sustainability Leaders with an "A-," our best score to date. Columbia Dining received an "A" for our use of local, fair trade, and organic products on campus, our partnership with the student group LOAF (Local Organic Agriculture Friends), and our use of biodegradable take-away containers.

2008
Columbia received an overall score of a "B+," with Housing and Dining receiving an "A" for the implementation of Give and Go Green, our recycling efforts, and our integration of fair trade, local, and organic products on campus.

2007
Columbia's Report Card had an overall grade of a "B," with Housing and Dining receiving an "A" for our use of local, fair trade, and organic products on campus, our partnership with the student group LOAF (Local Organic Agriculture Friends), and our donations to City Harvest each week from the leftover food in John Jay Dining Hall.