Get involved with campus green
Do you care about environmental issues? Are you curious and think you might want to care about environmental issues? There are tons of organizations on campus that are looking for people like you! So join them. Check out the blurbs below, and remember, you can always contact us for more details and/or some great personal advice. Explore your on-campus resources!!!
CU Green Umbrella
Initiative: The Green Umbrella is a network of environmental student groups on the Columbia and Barnard campuses. Representatives from each group come together to network and improve communication, collaborate on campaigns, attend conferences and summits, and meet with the Office of Environmental Stewardship and other administrators. The coordinators of the Green Umbrella connect people and projects, serve as a nexus for information distribution, compile a comprehensive weekly email with green events and opportunities on campus and beyond, and facilitate large, multi-group event planning. Groups in the Green Umbrella include EarthCo, Barnard EcoReps, Columbia EcoReps, Students for Environmental and Economic Justice, Food Sustainability Project, Columbia University Environmental Biology Society, Core Foods, Columbia Students for Animal Protection, Jewish Theological Seminary EcoReps, and Consilience.
Initiative: The Columbia EcoReps is a group of students working in partnership with Columbia’s department of Housing and Dining in order to make Columbia’s campus more environmentally sustainable. Their work entails publicizing available environmental services, serving as a bridge of communication between students and the administration, facilitating campus projects for a reduced university ecological footprint. This year Eco-Reps will be working on a Green Licensing Program for dorms/campus buildings as well as continuing work with campus recycling, energy consumption, and purchasing of organic/local foods.
Initiative: The JTS EcoReps are an environmental advocacy and action student group dedicated to changing the attitude and ways of the JTS community and infrastructure. While the administrative Green Committee will serve as the institutional support for greening JTS, the EcoReps will develop the agenda and implement the change.
Projects: Working with Facilities to create an improved recycling system and to make the JTS buildings more energy efficient; collaborating with Dining Services to bring more sustainable food options and to reduce the amount of waste produced daily; and raising community awareness about the reduction of energy and water use, recycling practices, green purchasing, and ways to make Jewish living more sustainable.
Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development
Initiative: Consilience is a global online publication dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable development. By providing a public platform for discussion, they hope to encourage a global community to think more broadly, thoroughly and analytically about sustainable development. This publication aims to bring students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions in direct conversation with each other through an online, academically rigorous medium.
Initiative: Core Foods is Columbia’s Student-Run Organic Food Co-op. Currently located in JJ’s Place, they focus on providing a wide selection of local and organic food right on Columbia’s campus.
CU Food Sustainability Project
Initiative: CUFSP works to promote sustainable agriculture and a healthy, just food system at Columbia, Barnard and in the wider community. They are dedicated to constructing a campus garden open to all that serves both as a source of “real” food and an example of the potential for urban agriculture and community development through the act of growing food. They strive to improve our current food supply through introducing local food products from small, regional farms and educating the public about the importance of a sustainable food system both for the health of the individual consumer and for the health of the environment in which we live.
Contact: Coordinator Kristina Gsell, email@example.com
Grant Houses Community Garden Project
Initiative: The Grant Houses Community Garden Project is an initiative to help maintain a community vegetable garden at the Grant Houses in New York City. The garden serves as a source for sustainable, nutritious food for Grant Houses residents and as an outdoor classroom and public space for the community to cultivate food as we cultivate relationships.
Initiative: EarthCo is a Columbia/Barnard student action group that works to make our university more sustainable. They promote environmental consciousness through outreach and service to the community.
Projects: Recycling awareness campaigns, Earth Tutors- a program that teaches about sustainability at public schools in the South Bronx.
Engineers Without Borders
Initiative: The Columbia University chapter of Engineers Without Borders aims to address the problems facing people both locally and abroad by leveraging the skills, talents and passions of Columbia University students and the partnerships formed with our organization. Our members come from all engineering and arts backgrounds, sharing the desire to do meaningful work in improving the lives of others through creative, sustainable, engineering solutions
Projects: The Ghana Program is working in the Obodan to provide water management and sanitation solutions. The current focus is to design a water distribution and filtration system as well as a community latrine
The India Program is working in Purnaguma, a rural village in Orissa, India, to develop practical energy applications. Current initiatives include a low-watt electrical cooker and an improved biomass cookstove.
The Uganda Program is working with a community in Soroti, Uganda. The team is currently setting up a multifunctional energy platform (MFP) program in the region, while also looking into new health and water initiatives this year.
Students for Environmental & Economic Justice (SEEJ)
Initiative: Students for Environmental & Economic Justice (SEEJ) is a Barnard and Columbia group dedicated to advancing ecological sustainability and labor rights. SEEJ is non-hierarchical and operates by consensus; so new members can become involved immediately.
Projects: Last year the group ran a campaign to encourage Columbia to purchase wind power, began working on a responsible purchasing code of conduct for the University, and launched an anti-bottled water initiative. This year they intend to continue these campaigns as well as pursue other projects that new members are interested in.
Morningside Heights CSA
Initiative: This program through La Baraja Farm in Orange County allows students and community members to purchase a share of the farm. Shareholders support this small, local NY farm and receive a delivery each week of a share of the harvest from that week at the farm. The CSA will run for 8 weeks in September and October. Shares cost $160, and are intended for 3-4 people. CSA members will also be required to spend 2 hours over the season helping to staff distribution of the CSA shares. Each share will include 8-10 items each week, with standard vegetables as well as Mexican specialty vegetables. CSA share pick up will be Thursday afternoon, from 2-6 pm in JJ’s place in John Jay at Columbia University.
Columbia Students for Animal Protection
Initiative: This group supports animal-friendly policies at Columbia University and throughout the world. People of all diets and opinions are welcome and encouraged to come to weekly meetings and attend events.
Projects: CSAP ran a successful cage-free egg campaign in Columbia’s Dining Halls and organized a free Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner.
Columbia University Environmental Biology Society
Initiative: CUEBS approaches the biosphere from an academic point of view and aims to encourage environmental appreciation and education at all levels within the Columbia community. Their goals are to: network with other students, alumni, graduate students, and faculty interested in Environmental Biology; enrich the existing E3B and Environmental Science programs with events and trips that allow students to explore Environmental Biology outside of the classroom; and foster interest, education, and awareness in the Columbia community for Environmental Biology and, generally, the environment and its importance in our daily lives and our world.
Projects: film screenings, behind-the-scenes tours of the Aquarium, hikes, etc.
Contact: Eiren Jacobson- firstname.lastname@example.org
Initiative: Columbia GreenBorough is a special interest house of 13 environmental activist students interested in practicing what they preach by living as sustainably as possible under the Columbia housing system.
Projects: Living sustainably and hosting events, like speakers and parties, in an effort to create an all-inclusive green community.
Contact: Todd Nelson- email@example.com
Initiative: Hoping to launch in Fall 2010, Nom^3 is a student-run food truck at Columbia University and the Upper West Side. It will feature seasonal and ever-changing menu items. The daily offerings will be healthy, giving students the cheap but enjoyable food option they need
Columbia University Hiking Club
Initiative: The Hiking Club is a voluntary club sport affiliated with Columbia University. They organize day hikes and backpacking trips throughout the year, mostly in the New York Tri-State area. Though not technically a green group, the activity of hiking is one the stresses the importance of nature, the environment, and conservation.
Projects: Day hikes and weekend camping trips