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Sustainability

Columbia is committed to creating a sustainable urban campus that serves as a model for New York City and beyond. The University continues to support New York City’s transportation objectives and make moves to:

  • reduce vehicular emissions and traffic congestion generated by University operations
  • make efficient use of transportation corridors
  • increase access to sustainable travel modes
  • promote walking and bicycling as more sustainable and healthier travel options

Learn more about Columbia’s achievements and ongoing initiatives towards sustainable transportation through the Office of Environmental Stewardship.

 

Intercampus Shuttles

Columbia has partnered with Academy Bus to operate the University’s shuttle bus operations. Academy Bus has incorporated a range of environmentally responsible practices into their operations, such as recycling all oil waste, and using only ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

Learn more about Academy Bus’s green initiatives.

 

Black Car Service

The University's contracted black car service provider, Luxury Worldwide Transportation, has a fleet of over 70 hybrid/green vehicles. When a Columbia member orders car service, the default service is for a hybrid vehicle.

 

Columbia’s Fleet Vehicles

Columbia is continuing to switch its fleet to more fuel efficient vehicle types where feasible. Learn more about Columbia’s progress towards a greener fleet.

 

Columbia’s Commute

Getting Columbia’s almost 50,000 students, faculty, and staff to and from campus each day is a monumental effort. Our city’s longstanding commitment to mass transit and compact urban lifestyles means our transportation impact is kept minimal. Each day, about 89 percent of the Columbia community—that's about 40,000 people—choose a low-carbon commute option, such as walking, biking, public transit, carpooling, or a Columbia shuttle. Columbia is proud that about one-third of its community chooses an active, healthy commute mode by opting to walk or bike. Columbia’s decision to expand its operations into Manhattanville confirms its commitment to New York City and fostering sustainable urban lifestyles that allow people to choose sustainable and healthy transportation options. Even still, Columbia continues to implement commuter initiatives that result in fewer cars on the road, lower emissions, and the conservation of natural resources, as well as offer feasible commute options that improve quality of life and serve as a model for New York City and beyond.

Columbia tracks its progress toward reducing its transportation impact. The chart below shows the latest data on Columbia University’s commute mode choice.