The mission of Brooklyn College's sustainability initiative is to create an overarching culture of sustainability throughout the entire campus community by raising awareness of, engagement in and commitment to reducing our carbon footprint through campus-based education, research, operations, community-based collaboration and service. Our sustainability planning will take special recognition of the constraints, opportunities and responsibilities attendant with our urban location in one of the most densely populated cities in the United States.

To advance this mission, in 2010 the college convened the Brooklyn College Sustainability Council and the Provost's Task Force on City-Based and Sustainability Education to evaluate sustainability on campus and make recommendations for improvements in seven pillar areas:

  1. Waste Management and Recycling
  2. Water
  3. Energy
  4. Procurement
  5. Food and Nutrition
  6. Transportation
  7. Outreach and Education

Goals for advancement in each of these areas are included in Brooklyn College's 10-Year Sustainability Plan.

This plan guides the college's green initiatives, in conjunction with the CUNY Sustainability Initiative and PlaNYC 2030 and in partnership with businesses, government, regional and citywide organizations.