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Built Environment & Landscaping

Built Environment & Landscaping

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 PROJECTS

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.

PROJECT AND LOCATION LEVEL
Stern Concourse Silver
Gallatin - 1 Washington Place
Gold
22 Washington Square North Silver
Wilf Hall - 133 MacDougal Street Platinum
GCASL - 58 Washington Square South
Platinum
NYU-DC - 1307 L Street NW Gold
Washington Mews 7, 8, 14a Silver
244 Greene Street
Silver
Nursing/Dentistry - 433 First Avenue
Silver
Brittany Hall - 55 E 10th Street Silver

SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING AT NYU

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:

  • Introduction of native plant species
  • Eliminating chemical fertilizers
  • Integrated pest management
  • Water conservation
  • Reduction of lawn areas
  • Sustainable soil management with double digging, composting and mulching
  • Eliminating gasoline powered maintenance tools

BENEFITS OF SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING

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.

GREEN SPACES AT NYU

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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.