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Columbia Ranks Gold in AASHE's 2017 STARS Index

Columbia University has been given a Gold ranking in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving the top spot in Transportation and tying for first in Research among doctoral institutions. The 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

“Columbia’s feature in this report shows its significant leadership and commitment to advance sustainability,” said AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “We are excited to recognize Columbia for working to secure a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world through its comprehensive sustainability efforts.”

Columbia’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website.

About Columbia

Columbia unveiled its first campus-wide sustainability plan in 2017, pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent in the next three years. The plan, released a day before Earth Day, represents a practical fulfillment of the sustainability principles that University President Lee C. Bollinger announced at the beginning of the 2016 academic year. It sets clear targets for shrinking Columbia’s carbon footprint and reducing waste by improving efficiencies in campus operations, boosting composting, recycling and public transit use, and investing in energy-saving technology. More than a year in the making, the plan was produced with extensive input from students, administrators and faculty scientists—many of them world leaders in the sustainability field.

In the area of Transportation, where Columbia earned top marks, there are few people with a driving commute to campus. The University has maintained its location in a compact urban setting in close proximity to high-density housing and transit access, making transit and walking the most common commute mode choice. In 2017, Columbia implemented a new park-and-ride service from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY which has further reduced the number of vehicles commuting into Manhattan.

Columbia also received the top spot in the area of Research, led by the Earth Institute. The institute reaches across the University to forge collaborations among scientists, faculty and experts in a great variety of disciplines, from climatology to law, and from engineering to economics and public policy.

Research is centered around the fundamental themes of Climate; Water; Energy; Global Health; Ecosystems; Agriculture; Hazards and Risk Reduction; Urbanization; and Peace and Justice.


The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The credits included in STARS span the breadth of higher education sustainability and are organized into four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. All reports are publicly accessible on the STARS website. For more information, visit stars.aashe.org.

About the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world's future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit www.aashe.org. Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.

Citi Bike expands to Morningside Heights

This fall, Citi Bike is expanding with 142 new stations in Morningside Heights, Harlem, Astoria, Long Island City, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights.  Citi Bike is the nation's largest bike share program, with 10,000 bikes and 600 stations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City. Citi Bike is a great travel option for making short distance trips within the City, including making connections to subway stations and crosstown journeys. Additionally, biking reduces environmental impact and a great way to get exercise.  

See the full Citi Bike station map and pricing details to see if joining Citi Bike is right for you.  

Intercampus Shuttle and Manhattanville Loop

The Academic Year 2017-18 schedule for the Intercampus Shuttle goes into effect Tuesday 9/5. 

In addition to the Intercampus Shuttle, a new Manhattanville transportation loop will offer additional means to travel between Studebaker, Jerome L. Greene, and 116 Street and 120 Street on the Morningside campus. The loop will run roughly every 20 minutes. This shuttle will also start and end at the MetroNorth stop located on the NE corner of 125 Street and Madison Avenue. 


New park and ride option from Lamont-Doherty to Morningside and Manhattanville

We are excited to announce that Columbia is now offering a new commuting option which may be convenient for University affiliates living in or near New York City’s northwest suburbs.  

A limited number of parking spaces at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have been made available to full-time Columbia employees on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, visit the Lamont-Doherty Shuttle Park and Ride Option page.


Bike Share program expands to Manhattanville

Columbia’s Zagster bike share program has expanded to the Manhattanville campus!

Launched in 2016 with three stations at the Morningside campus, Columbia’s bike share program has logged over 3,000 trips in 12 months. This month, we have added a fourth station and six bikes at the Manhattanville campus, bringing the number of bikes in the program to 20.

The new station is on the north side of Manhattanville’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center. Columbia’s Zagster bike share program is great for intercampus business trips, recreational riding, or running short errands around the neighborhood. This expanded station network provides the University’s members with more sustainable travel options and is part of Columbia’s Sustainability plan and the Sustainable Columbia movement.

Some additional details about the bike share program:

  • Columbia has about 250 Zagster members, who log roughly 300 bike trips per month
  • Zagster memberships start as low as $5
  • All bike trips under one hour are free

Click here to join Columbia’s Zagster bike share. Use the promo code BIKEMVILLE to receive a $10 discount on annual membership. This offer ends June 30.

Intercampus Shuttle Summer Schedule In Effect Monday, May 22

Starting May 22, the Intercampus Shuttle summer schedule is in effect. There will be no shuttle service on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

Click here for a full summer Intercampus Shuttle schedule and map.

Weather Impact to Service
Shuttle service has resumed today Wednesday 3/15. Depending on road conditions, there may be delays.
Temporary Adjustments to 125th St Stops - Intercampus Shuttle

Service Advisory

Due to ongoing construction, please note the temporary stop adjustments for 125th Street North and South locations:

125th St North will stop at the MTA bus shelter - SE corner of Tiemann Place and Broadway

125th St South will stop at Starbucks - SW corner of Tiemann Place and Broadway 

Please note this is only temporary. Stops will relocate to original positions following construction.

Construction Delays Impacting Intercampus Shuttle Schedule

Intercampus shuttle riders may already be aware that there is a fair amount of construction activity through out our shuttle service area, including Claremont Avenue, 125th Street, and 131st Street. This construction has at times impacted the shuttle schedule. 

One of the best ways to adjust your travel schedule to account for construction is to track the shuttle bus location, through the TransLoc app. Download to your smartphone device. This app lets you see where the shuttle bus is in real time and allows you to make an informed decision in regards to your transportation needs.

No Shuttle Service on University Holidays

Shuttes will operate on the same schedule during the winter break, but there will be no shuttle service on the following University holidays:

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year's Eve

New Year's Day

Updated Website

Columbia Transportation provides travel options and resources to travel between Columbia’s campuses. Take a moment to explore new and expanded information on our website that highlights commute options that facilitate more efficient and sustainable transportation within the campus community.

In addition to the services provided by the Columbia shuttle system, there are now helpful tips on walking, biking, and carpooling. Plus, look for ways to get involved in our Bike or Metro-North commuter groups.

Have a question or comment about what you see here? Let us know.

Columbia Named Bike Friendly Business

Columbia University was named a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists, joining more than 1,000 visionary businesses from across the country. Columbia was also distinguished a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University. Learn more about the League of American Bicyclists and this important distinction awarded to the University