Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.90
Liaison Leslie Raucher
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Barnard College
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Climate Science List

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Barnard is committed to incorporating climate and sustainability into its decision-making, from capital improvements to our endowment and routine financial choices. In 2017, Barnard’s Board of Trustees announced that the College would divest its endowment from companies that dispute climate science or otherwise seek to thwart efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change. In December 2019, we released our Climate Science List, which evaluates oil and gas companies on their words and deeds. The Climate Science List is based on criteria developed by Barnard faculty, students, and staff in consultation with our partners at Fossil Free Indexes (FFI) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Barnard is using this novel approach (and the associated data) to focus its endowment on companies that recognize climate science and the risks posed by climate change. The College is also making the Climate Science List public. In doing so, our hope is to influence (and provide support for) other institutions’ investment decisions.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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