The Award is presented Sept. 21 at the Greening of the Campus VIII Conference in Indianapolis
New York University has won the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Educations (AASHE) annual Campus Sustainability Leadership Award in the four-year and graduate institutions over 15,000 full-time student category. The award recognized NYU as having made the greatest overall commitment to sustainability as demonstrated in its education and research, campus operations, and administration and finance. The award will be presented at the Greening of the Campus VIII Conference, Sept. 21 in Indianapolis.
Though NYUs Sustainability initiative has received recognition from other groups, it is especially thrilling to receive this award from AASHE, said Jeremy Friedman, NYUs Sustainability Taskforce Coordinator. AASHEs work to bring together the higher education sustainability community lends the organization real credibility, and it is especially meaningful for us to be recognized by a jury of our peers.
Other winners were:
- Community colleges and other two-year institutions Butte College
- Four-year and graduate institutions under 5,000 student FTE Furman University
- Four-year and graduate institutions 5,000 - 15,000 student FTE University of New Hampshire
We had a very competitive pool of applicants this year, so this is a significant achievement for each of the campus and student winners said Paul Rowland, Executive Director of AASHE. I am impressed with the continuing interest of institutions and individuals in leading and advancing sustainability.
Friedman continued: For more than two years, NYU has focused on getting our own house in order, launching more than three dozen major new sustainability projects and initiatives to improve our environmental performance and to foster a campus culture of sustainability. This award is evidence that we are now ready to look outward beyond the campus, to hold up our initiatives and best practices as useful models for other universities, as well as cities themselves.
Brief summaries of the campus and student sustainability leadership award winners will be published in Sustainability: the Journal of Record. In addition, the full submissions for each award program (including the winning submissions) can be found at the following links:
- Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards
- Student Sustainability Leadership Awards
- Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award
About NYUs Sustainability Task Force
NYUs Sustainability Task Force is an advisory body composed of students, faculty, administrators, and staff, who develop recommendations for new policies and practices that advance NYUs long-term future as a sustainable university. For more information on the Sustainability Task Force, please see the Sustainability site.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that are working to create a sustainable future. Its mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. AASHE does this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.