NYU Ranked in the Top 20 “Cool Schools” List for the Second Year in a Row
The Sierra Club has recognized New York University as one of the United States’ eco-enlightened universities, or “Cool Schools,” in the September/October 2010 issue of Sierra Magazine.
“We're proud to be recognized by Sierra magazine for a second straight year,” said Jeremy Friedman, NYU’s manager of Sustainability Initiatives. “NYU’s comprehensive approach to measuring and reducing our environmental impact is a university-wide effort, engaging students, faculty, and administrators, resulting in an impressive 20% energy reduction in just the past three years.
NYU was recognized for its efforts across eight categories: efficiency, energy supply, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, and administration.
Highlights of NYU’s sustainability initiatives include:
· An extensive upgrade of the university's underground cogeneration plant (CoGen) will cut NYU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 23%. CoGen will generate electricity for 21 NYU buildings, provide steam heating and water chilling to a number of others, and provide a publically-accessible 12,500 square-foot “green-roof”—a ground-level landscaped plaza atop the plant on Mercer Street;
· NYU’s campus landscaping uses no fertilizers or pesticides, drip irrigation, and native plant species, making it 100% organic;
· NYU’s Dining Services sources sustainable, locally-purchased, and organic food whenever possible, and vegan entree options are available in all cafeterias;
· Mixed recycling as well as dining and residence hall composting is diverting nearly 40% of NYU’s solid waste from landfills; and
· NYU’s Facilities and Construction Management group has installed 3,500+ lighting occupancy sensors and 3,500+ heating/AC occupancy sensors in NYU classrooms, offices, and residence halls, saving the University over 3,600,000kWh each year - about 840 metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions.
“With all of the environmental challenges we face, it’s heartening to see the leadership schools like New York University demonstrate when it comes to protecting the planet,” said Michael Brune, the Sierra Club’s executive director. “This generation of students cares deeply about protecting the environment, stopping global warming, and increasing our prosperity through innovation.”
“We’ve been able to learn from other schools - and from the remarkable students, faculty and staff that make up our community - to zoom forward and make big strides in just three short years,” Friedman added. “We hope that being named a ‘Cool School’ by Sierra magazine gives NYU even more momentum so that we can continue to better address NYU's environmental impacts and build a campus culture of sustainability."
NYU’s Sustainability Task Force is an advisory body composed of students, faculty, administrators, and staff, who develop recommendations for new policies and practices that advance NYU’s long-term future as a sustainable university. For more information on the Sustainability Task Force, please go to http://www.nyu.edu/sustainability
Sierra magazine has 1.2 million readers and is a publication of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental group. For full descriptions of each winning school’s green efforts, visit Sierra magazine online at: www.sierraclub.org/coolschools