NYU will establish a Tree Maintenance Plan for the Willow Oak grove adjacent to Bleecker Street on the southern superblock.
Updated 02/02/16: Read the Tree Maintenance Plan.
Update 9/15/2013: The oak grove tree maintenance plan was implemented by NYU in June and July 2013.
To the extent practical, NYU will endeavor to protect mature trees in close proximity to construction. NYU will create Mature Tree Protection Plans for two construction staging areas -- on Mercer Street between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street, and on LaGuardia Street between Bleecker Street and West 3rd Street.
NYU will develop and implement one or more plans incorporating best management practices to reduce the rate of peak discharge to the combined sewer system on the superblocks.
Updated 9/16/15: Stormwater BMP planning is underway.
The Mercer Building, LaGuardia Building, and the northern portion of 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building) will be connected to NYU's cogeneration power plant.
Updated 9/16/15: Co-gen tie-in planning is underway.
NYU will use reasonable and good faith effort to obtain LEED Silver Certification for all new buildings.
Updated 9/16/15: LEED certification and sustainability in general is a principle factor in the design of 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building); LEED planning is underway.
NYU will switch the fuel in the central heating plant to natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil, or to an alternative fuel that will result in the same or lower emissions, before the occupation of 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building) or the Bleecker building.
NYU will use alternative fuels and efficient vehicles for the maintenance and operation of new buildings.
NYU will implement water conservation strategies and measures such as low-flow toilets and faucets in order to arrive at 20 percent less than baseline water useage for new buildings.
NYU will implement and incorporate energy efficiency measures in all new buildings, including high efficiency HVAC systems, high-albedo roofing materials, window glazing, motion sensors, and Energy Star appliances.
NYU will hire a qualified building energy consultant to report on the energy efficiency measures for each new building, ensuring that the construction and usage plans will result in at least 10% less energy consumption than the standards set forth in either state or city energy codes.