Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.1

Columbia University
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Helen Bielak
Operations Manager
Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University Facilities and Operations
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

In 2007, Columbia University began hosting textile recycling bins throughout campus. Partnered with Wearable Collections, wearable and non-wearable (torn, ripped, stained but clean) clothing can be dropped off at several locations throughout the Morningside and Medical Center campuses.

In 2012, re-fashioNYC- a partnership between the City of New York and Housing Works- began an agreement with Columbia University to host clothing collection bins in some Columbia University faculty, staff, and graduate apartment buildings.

Items that can be dropped off include: clothing, shoes, bedding, handbags, belts, stockings, and fabric scraps. Textiles that can be re-used are sent to Housing Works or the Salvation Army. Items that are no longer usable, are pulped and recycled into new products.

Additionally, the Columbia Greenmarket on Broadway and W. 116th has Wearable Collections textile recycling every Sunday available for everyone in the Columbia and Morningside Heights community.

Additional information:

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.