Sustainability Task Force

Sustainability Task Force

The Sustainability Task Force (STF) is a university advisory body made up of students, faculty, staff, and alumni charged with improving NYU's environmental performance and fostering a campus culture of sustainability.

Want to join the Sustainability Task Force?

Attend the Fall STF Meeting:

October 11 | 12-2pm
Kimmel Center, Room 802 - Shorin Hall

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP.


The STF uses its representation from diverse segments of the NYU community to leverage specialized expertise, liaise with leadership and help to develop and advocate for university sustainability projects and policy. The efforts of these passionate volunteers enable NYU to be a global leader in urban environmental scholarship and practice.

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At the beginning of each academic year, the STF determines its priorities and initiatives and divides into smaller Working Groups accordingly. The whole committee convenes once a semester and the Working Groups meet more regularly to accomplish their goals.  

History of the Sustainability Task Force

The STF was established in October 2006, when Executive Vice President Michael Alfano announced the launch of a university-wide initiative, which included the creation of the Sustainability Fund, plans for renovation of NYU's cogeneration power plant facility, hired full-time sustainability staff, and the largest purchase of wind energy by any US university.

The STF was initially charged with conducting a comprehensive assessment of current practices; recommending a prioritized plan to improve NYU's eco-footprint; engaging faculty, students and administrators in sustainability efforts; and developing a method to award funds for green research and demonstration programs.

Many of the original responsibilities of the Sustainability Task Force have been institutionalized by the Office of Sustainability and are carried out through the programs the Office continues to run today, like the Sustainability Advocates, ECO Reps and Green Grants programs.