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Energy

When NYU accepted the Mayor's Carbon Challenge in 2007 to reduce its emissions 30%  by 2017 (based on 2006 levels), the university's emissions were about 0.30% of New York City's total. We reached our reduction goal in 2012, five years ahead of schedule. In 2015 we accepted the new Mayor's Carbon Challenge: a 50% reduction in emissions by 2025.

NYU'S DIRECT GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Greenhouse gas emissions break down

The Break Down: 96.5% of NYU's direct greenhouse gas emissions is attributed to energy use; 1.9% is attributed to waste; and 1.6% is attributed to transportation.

Annual GHG Emissions

A break down of NYU's direct greenhouse gas emissions by year.

EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS STRATEGIES

NYU strives to avoid energy waste (conservation), while also accomplishing the same work using less energy (efficiency). This strategy includes:

COGENERATION PLANT

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This informative video with John Bradley, former Assistant Vice President of Sustainability Energy and Technical Service, explains how NYU's CoGeneration plant works.

TIPS FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION

  • Plug your electronics into power strips.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Use LED light bulbs (free in the Student Resource Center).
  • Set your thermostat to 68° F in the winter.
  • Close windows when you have the heat or A/C on.
  • Take the stairs.
  • Use daylight instead of artificial light when possible.
  • Take shorter showers (this saves energy used to heat water).
  • Do you laundry with a full load; use cold water; air dry.
  • Help us. If you see energy waste, put in a work order.