President Hamilton has committed NYU to become among the greenest campuses in the nation.
NYU met its 10-year pledge to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017 five years early. The carbon savings are roughly equivalent to planting over 65,000 acres of trees (that’s more than all of Manhattan and Brooklyn combined)! We don’t know of any school as large as NYU that has cut as much carbon. We are now on our way to 50% by 2025, and carbon neutrality by 2040. We focus on buildings which are 95% of our carbon emissions.
Carbon reductions are not just good for the planet -- they also result in healthy indoor environments. Believe it or not, people spend over 90% of their time indoors, so green buildings can help you think clearly (if you’ve ever felt tired inside and then gone outside and felt wide awake, maybe you weren’t getting enough fresh air)! The good news is that our green building strategy saves energy, carbon, and money at the same time it makes the building better -- everyone wins.
All major NYU construction projects will be LEED certified targeting Silver minimum. As of 2018, over 2 million square feet of NYU buildings are LEED certified or undergoing certification.
As a new employee, you can:
New and seasoned employees can do even more to institutionalize sustainability in our offices and workspaces: