Barnard is building a “circular campus”: a holistic, systems-based framework designed to reduce emissions, waste, and costs, transform consumption patterns on campus, increase access and affordability for students, and support the transition to a just, sustainable economy.
In collaboration with multiple partners Barnard has created a Circular Campus framework with five main areas of focus:
“Higher education has an opportunity to accelerate the transition to a just and circular economy, a vital part of any global response to climate change. Universities and Colleges have a significant capacity to influence behaviors through teaching, research, management, and purchasing power. These characteristics create a unique opportunity to develop and test circular economy strategies, especially in the context of environmental justice.”