Leadership in Clean Energy

NYSERDA has recognized Columbia University as a REV Campus Challenge First-Mover at the Leader-level. First-Movers are outstanding institutions who have shown leadership among their peers and demonstrated their commitment to clean energy by joining the REV Campus Challenge in its first six months. These First Movers represent public and private institutions of all sizes in urban and rural areas across New York State. They have set themselves apart by leveraging clean energy as a way to advance their financial, environmental, academic, and community goals.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Promoting Small Local Businesses

Columbia University Facilities and Operations received a City & State 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Small Business & Community-Based Enterprise in New York's real estate, construction & housing sector. 

Columbia Awarded Gold in STARS Sustainability Report

Columbia University was awarded a Gold rating, the second highest rating, from the 2015 AASHE Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Report. This report touches on all areas of the university, including sustainability efforts taken throughout residential housing for students.

Columbia Ranked in Top 10 Percent of “Green Colleges” by Princeton Review

Columbia was ranked # 25 out of the 353 schools featured in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2015 Edition. The schools that made the Top 50 Green Colleges list share superb sustainability practices, a strong foundation in sustainability education, and a healthy quality of life for students on campus.

Columbia Dining Ranked #2 Best College for Food in America

Columbia Dining was ranked number two out of the 75 Best Colleges for Food in America by The Daily Meal.

Public Safety Rated Highest in Satisfaction in Student Quality of Life Survey

Safety on campus was again rated highest in satisfaction of the categories across the 20 schools and affiliates surveyed in the March 2015 Student Quality of Life survey, a biennial University-wide survey that aims to characterize student satisfaction and provide data that will ultimately enhance the student experience at Columbia. This rating serves as a testament to the professionalism and service of our Public Safety department. As a result of the 2013 survey, Public Safety implemented a significant number of changes such as increased visibility of patrols, improvements to shuttle service, and the implementation of a text messaging system.

Columbia University Ranks No. 1 in New York in Safe Sex Education

An annual Sexual Health Report Card ranked Columbia University # 1 in New York state and # 8 overall for providing students accessibility to sexual health resources, health clinics and information.

Go Ask Alice! Recognized Among Best Online Resources

For the third consecutive year Go Ask Alice! has been recognized by Healthline for being among the best for online HIV/STD information. As they noted when announcing the award, "Chances are that if you have a question regarding sexually transmitted infections (STIs), Go Ask Alice can answer it. This interactive site is produced by Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University, a division of Columbia Health. While it certainly can’t take the place of medical advice supplied by your own doctor, Go Ask Alice can provide accurate, reliable information about STIs. Simply browse the question library. If you can’t find the answers you seek, click on the Ask Alice icon and ask your question anonymously and without fear of embarrassment."

Faculty House Recognized as Best Unique Venue

Faculty House was recognized as the Best of 2015 Unique Venue Award from Manhattan Bride magazine. Renovated in 2009 and featuring historic details, abundant natural light, panoramic views and sophisticated, globally inspired cuisine, Columbia's Faculty House is one of New York City’s premier meeting and event locations.

Columbia Named Bicycle Friendly Business

On the heels of being named a Bike Friendly University, Columbia was also recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists for encouraging a more welcoming atmosphere for its bicycling community. Efforts include enhanced bike parking, discounts at local bike shops, bicycling workshops and more.

Construction Industry Award Recognizes Columbia University’s Communications and Community Engagement Leadership during Construction of Manhattanville Campus

A typical celebration of design and construction feats was replaced by a recognition of community communications and diversification programs as the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) honored Columbia University’s Manhattanville development with a leadership award for communications and community engagement.  The award was presented to David M. Greenberg, executive vice president, Columbia University Facilities and Operations, and was received by Marcelo Velez, vice president of Columbia’s Manhattanville Development Group during the BTEA’s Annual Leadership Awards ceremony at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers June 23.


Columbia Dining employee with cart full of food