Community Service and Going Green

CBS Community Service

CBS students give back to the community through a variety of ways, including on-campus events such as the “Christmas Party for Kids” and cluster-based events such as participating in NYC Cares Day.

There are also additional opportunities to give back to the community during your time at CBS. Your PAs suggest reaching out the following organizations:

  • iPrep (help unemployed, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals with mock interviews during lunch on campus)
  • Harlem Tutorial Program (tutor Harlem-area junior high school students 1-2 afternoons per week)
  • Financial Education Society (teach high school students basic economic principles)
  • Social Enterprise Club
You can also learn more about community service at CBS by clicking on this link

CBS Goes Green

CBS, in coordination with the Green Business Club and the Columbia University Office of Environmental Stewardship, has done a number of things to reduce the school’s environmental foot print, focusing on everything from printing to recycling. Here are some key initiatives that students are participating in, and we hope you will join us too! (You can also check out the New York Accelerator for Clean & Renewable Economy for great “green” events around the NYC-area)

  • Water bottles – drinking water is good for you, but discarding plastic bottles isn’t so good for the environment. You will be given a cool CBS-branded reusable water bottle during orientation, so you can stay hydrated and show your school pride at the same time. These bottles can be filled with chilled, filtered water at a number of locations around school for free – your PAs will show you where once you get here.
  • Happy Hour – During orientation your cluster will be designing its own t-shirts and beer steins to use at happy hour. The steins cut down on plastic cup waste, and let you get more beer per serving, so you spend less time waiting. Most students keep their steins in their lockers, and rinse them out after happy hour.
  • Printing – the school’s printers are set to print double-sided by default, and cover pages have been eliminated. Beyond that, we trust you to use your judgment and make sure you only print things that are necessary. Besides, using electronic documents means less clutter in your backpack/locker/desk…
  • Recycling – the school makes it really easy to recycle, since there are three bins everywhere. Just take a second to make sure you’re throwing your refuse into the correct bin.

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