The Office of Sustainability's policies and practices helped NYU achieve Mayor Bloomberg's PLAnyc Challenge by reducing emissions by 30%, four years ahead of schedule. NYU continues to work deliberately to minimize our environmental impact through energy saving, recycling practices, and sustainable landscaping. We are committed to using resources more efficiently and supporting co-generation power. It is NYU’s goal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the year 2017. We will continue to find innovative ways to reduce our impact even further. With an objective of obtaining a net zero carbon footprint, NYU has signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging that we will work diligently to become climate neutral by the year 2040.
The Office of Sustainability was created with the aim of improving New York University’s environmental footprint through operations, education, and research.
The NYU Sustainability Task Force (STF) is a goal-setting and project implementation group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni dedicated to improving our environmental performance, evaluating metrics for progress, and fostering a campus culture of sustainability. NYU has successfully implemented many of STF recommendations in areas ranging from landscaping, water use, energy conservation, and recycling; to student services, academic partnerships, and public outreach and engagement.
NYU Landscaping is responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of the urban green spaces that welcome people to NYU’s Washington Square campus. NYU Landscaping employs best practices of eco-friendly open spaces and the latest thinking in urban ecology to provide beautiful and healthy city landscapes for the enjoyment of the University and the surrounding community. These practices aim to create high-performance urban open spaces without needlessly exposing people or the environment to harmful chemicals. NYU Landscaping aims to reflect the values of a global research university engaged in public service.