NYU's New York City campuses are in a dynamic urban setting. By developing green buildings and green spaces on campus, NYU is able to combine the aims of urban restoration ecology with high standards of environmental design. NYU's built environment and landscaping aims to honor the horticultural tradition of Greenwich Village. We strive to increase the amount of parks and gardens on campus while maintaining these green spaces sustainably. Additionally, we seek to reduce the negative impacts of our built environment on our local community.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified projects, such as buildings or renovated spaces, advance NYU's commitment to sustainability. To achieve LEED certification, a project must satisfy environmental performance standards put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Based on a points system, LEED certified projects meet targets for improved health, environmental efficiency and cost-savings of the project's construction and continued operations.
As of 2018, over 2 million square feet of NYU buildings are LEED certified or undergoing certification.
|PROJECT AND LOCATION||LEVEL|
Gallatin - 1 Washington Place
|22 Washington Square North||Silver|
|Wilf Hall - 133 MacDougal Street||Platinum|
GCASL - 58 Washington Square South
|NYU-DC - 1307 L Street NW||Gold|
|Washington Mews 7, 8, 14a||Silver|
244 Greene Street
Nursing/Dentistry - 433 First Avenue
|Brittany Hall - 55 E 10th Street||Silver|
|NYU Brooklyn - 370 Jay Street||Platinum|
In integrating green spaces to NYU's Washington Square campus, NYU seeks to manage these spaces sustainably to be conscientious of environmental impact. To achieve this objective, NYU has implemented the following practices to our landscaping operations:
Sustainable landscaping offers environmental and health benefits to the NYU community, as well as the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood. Through the efficient use of local resources and sustainable gardening practices, landscaping at NYU has contributed to the reduction of air, noise, and water pollution in the Washington Square area.
This video provides a tour of the green spaces at NYU's Washington Square campus. The tour is led by George Reis, Supervisor of Landscaping at NYU.