In his inauguration speech, President Andrew Hamilton committed to making NYU among the greenest urban campuses in the nation. Soon after the appointment in January 2018 of Cecil Scheib to lead NYU’s sustainability efforts, the Office of Sustainability launched a crowdsourcing campaign called “Sustainability at NYU” in which over 2,300 students, faculty, staff, and administrators contributed their ideas.
To expand on NYU’s long history of sustainability, including 30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in just five years and a 2040 carbon neutrality goal, a Sustainability Working Group of over 50 students, faculty, and administrators from across NYU’s global network came together to determine meaningful and achievable new sustainability initiatives that NYU could implement in the short term. Explore the full list of initiatives, including the actions highlighted below.
from our waste stream
Many members of the NYU community--from students to the Provost--have voiced concern for NYU’s disposal of single-use plastics and other needless waste. To target the highest impact areas, NYU will:
All purchasers of K-Cup products will be enrolled in the Grounds to Grow On program, which composts and recycles the components of single-use coffee pods. Many offices have already successfully implemented this program or gone directly to a bean-to-cup machine to further reduce waste.
enroll each year
A meaningful way to engage members of our community is to reach out when they are new and first learning about NYU.
To unite sustainability education and outreach for students, faculty, staff, and administrators, NYU will:
In 2012, NYU met its 30% carbon reduction goal. NYU has a goal of a 50% reduction from the baseline by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2040.
To further our leadership and address our impact in more operational areas and across the global network, NYU will:
related to sustainability
NYU has a rich selection of sustainability-related programs, courses, and research. But because academic pursuits span multiple schools, centers, and institutes, it is difficult for students to discover learning opportunities and for faculty to augment each others’ work.
To address this, NYU will: