Eco-Tips: Composting at Columbia


Sure, there’s a compost bin in Hewitt, but what if you live in a suite and peel your own potatoes? Compost tip: keep your compost in the freezer where it won’t stink up the kitchen. You can bring it all to GrowNYC’s collection station at the Columbia Greenmarket–Thursday and Sunday 8am-3pm, at Broadway and 116th. GrowNYC takes veggie waste, non-greasy food scraps like bread and pasta, coffee grounds, tea bags, and even egg shells (no meat or dairy). It’s quick and easy, and you can check out the rest of the Greenmarket while you’re there!

Board Applications!

With the Fall Semester under way and our events beginning to take place, we want to offer any interested Barnard students the ability of joining us in an official manner. Tell us a bit about yourself (we hope you love food as much as we do) in this application. If you’re interested, let us know by October 15th so we can get started with you as soon as possible! Keep an eye out for more information on upcoming events as well!

Sustainable Restaurants in NYC!

Northern Spy Food Co.

Although it might be a bit pricey, it’s definitely worth the splurge. Located in the East Village, Northern Spy Food Co. uses locally grown, raised, caught, and crafted products and the restaurant itself is almost entirely made from repurposed and reclaimed materials. It’s a great environmentally friendly hangout for family, friends, and relatives!

Sustainable NYC Café

An adorable little café on the East Side attached to one of the city’s largest centers for local, organic, recycled, fair-trade, re-purposed, biodegradable products and gifts, Sustainable NYC’s Café features a wide variety of delectable local, vegan, gluten-free treats, sandwiches, soups, and salads as well as fair-trade coffees and house-made teas. Affordable and fun, it’s the perfect spot to support local purveyors and learn about sustainable development!


It might seem like just a burger place, but take our word for it when we say that there is an option for every kind if diet out there. Not in the mood for a burger? Choose from any of their snacks, salads, sandwiches, sides, sliders, meals, sweets, and even breakfast. All of which contain gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options. So there’s a little something for everyone. What makes burgers so sustainable? Bareburger uses organic, all-natural, grass-fed, free-range, humanely raised, sustainable, and pesticide free meats and ingredients from local farmers and artisans in all of their dishes in addition to building each of their restaurants using solely recycked, reclaimed, and sustainable materials. Environmentally friendly and affordable!

Wacky Wok

Providing affordable, environmentally friendly and authentic Asian cuisine, Wacky Wok prides themselves on their use of natural oils, house-made sauces, wild fish, hormone and antibiotic free meats and poultry as well as fresh produce from local purveyors that employ sustainable practices. You won’t find any traces of preservatives, GMOS, MSG, trans fat, corn starch, white sugar, or table salt in any of their dishes. If that’s not sustainable enough, all paper products used are bio-degradable and can be corn-posted right alongside food waste. And they deliver. What could be better?


Located in, where else, the East Village, Quartino offers authentic and environmentally friendly Italian dishes made with all organic ingredients from local organic markets. For a delicious and sustainable Italian meal, this is the place to be.

NY Times Shows Potential Effects of Sea Level Rise on Cities

Check out this interactive display of rising sea levels. Are any of the areas you know and love threatened? This provides serious incentive for the world to drastically cut back on greenhouse gas emissions in the future.


This Friday, April 20th, the ecoreps are putting on a TRASHION SHOW!!!! Come out to Lehman Lawn from 12:30-2:00 PM for free food, awesome fashionable outfits made completely out of TRASH, music, and fun!

Vote on which outfit is the best designed, best looking, or most creative [being made ENTIRELY out of TRASH!]  The overall top choice will receive a gift certificate from the Farmer’s market, and other competitors will receive similar smaller participatory gifts.

NO! It is NOT too late to enter.  While we asked for notice of submission by Friday the 13th, we will accept applicants up until the night before, that’s APRIL 19th!!!!!  Please email for approval of the outfit.

Peace & Love,

Barnard EcoReps

Recycled Crafts!

Recycled Crafts!

These coke bottle butterflies were classy enough to be used as wedding decorations but are also easy enough for your dorm room.  This kind of ingenuity is exactly what we’re looking for in our trashion show submissions! Here’s the info on this 4/20 that you don’t want to miss!


Interested in fashion?  What about TRASHION?  Barnard’s Earth Week Committee is putting on: Earth Week High Fashion: Green on the Green. 4/20/2012.  12:30-2PM. Be There. Watch students strut their stuff in plastic bags, newspapers, cans, bottles, and whatever else, on Lehman lawn.

To enter the trashion show, competitors must follow the following rules:
1. Use anything that has been used before, that you would consider “trash”.
2. Should be sturdy enough to have been worn at least 3 times.
3. Participant has to find another person to model [or choose to model themselves]
4. Anyone from Barnard or Columbia can participate!
5. While clothing can be creative, the choice must be tasteful enough. The outfit will be approved by the participant coordinator the night before. 
6. Footwear does not have to be part of the outfit, but heels are not allowed.  We encourage you to go barefoot!
7. Notice of submissions (whether complete or not) must be given by Friday the 13th.
8. BE CREATIVE!!! :]

The winner of the Earth Week Trashion Show will receive a prize!

PLEASE contact Lizzie [] or Caroline [] by April 13 for notice of submission. Unfortunately, if it rains, the event will be cancelled, so hope for sunshine!

11-Year-Old Birke Baehr Knows What’s Up

This little boy has been on the earth for 11 years and he understands how to take care of the earth better than the majority of the global population does.

To quote the mini expert: “Think local, choose organic, know your farmer, and know your food!”

If he practice healthy habits and spread the word, so can you!

(See link below)

Birke Baehr: What’s wrong with our food system

Top 5 Ways to Green Your Period!

Who knew that “going green” could be applied to more than reusable shopping bags and organic apples? 20 billion tampons and pads are thrown away each year, most of which end up in landfills (if you’re a Barnard woman, in Fresh Kills on Staten Island). Published by popular demand, here are a few simple ways to chose feminine hygiene products that are good for the health of the Earth and for your body!
1. Use organic cotton tampons
Organic cotton doesn’t just belong in tee-shirts! Chemical pesticides and fertilizers used to farm cotton can end up in your tampon, two things that no girl wants in her body. Find an organic cotton tampon here:

2. Skip the applicator                                                                                                                 Ditch the plastic and commit to using tampons without applicators, like o.b. or Maxim. With a little practice, inserting will become easy to do; just wash your hands with soap and water before and after inserting. Plus, no-applicator tampons are smaller and easier to carry.

3. Buy biodegradable pads                                                                                                      Most pads are manufactured using plastic, polypropylene, and ingredients sourced from petroleum. Did you know you can buy pads that are both flush-able and biodegradable?

4. DivaCup                                                                                                                                       “The DivaCup, an innovative menstrual cup, is reusable, making it an environmentally responsible choice as important as switching from plastic to canvas bags!” Reduce landfill waste by choosing a comfortable, reusable cup that can be simply inserted and removed after 12 hours, much longer than the typical tampon. Most women spend $150-200 a year on tampons and pads. Choosing a reusable cup is not only good for the environment, but good for your wallet.

5. Recycle the packaging                                                                                                              Buy products that are sold in recyclable materials (e.g. cardboard boxes, not plastic-wrapped). Remember, Barnard recycles cardboard, so you can simply stick your tampon boxes in the paper recycling bins with your junk mail and old newspapers.

Compiled with help from the HuffingtonPost and biggreenpurse blog