NYUnplugged is a week-long initiative to promote responsible energy consumption to reduce our community's environmental impact. From March 24-31, NYU residence halls will battle in an intense energy-saving competition. You can help your residence hall win points by reducing your own energy use and tracking your actions on the NYUGreen app! At the end of the month, the hall and individuals with the most points will be rewarded with prizes.
NYUnplugged will start at Earth Hour, 8:30pm (local time) on March 24. Earth Hour is an international movement to conserve energy started by the World Wildlife Foundation. Global monuments, as well as homes and institutions, will turn off their lights and participate in events, letter-writing campaigns and more to promote environmental awareness and climate action. In New York City, the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty will go dark. This year, NYU residence halls and prominent buildings will go dark, too!
Use the NYUGreen app to track your sustainable and energy-saving actions to earn points for your hall and compete for prizes.
On March 22, the NYUGreen app will be available for download in the App Store and on Google Play.
After downloading the NYUGreen app, login and join your residence hall team. If you do not live in a residence hall, you can join the "Commuter Students" team.
The hall with most points will win an afternoon of free ice cream from Van Leeuwen's ice cream truck! The individuals with the most points have the chance to win a refurbished iPad, a gift card to a popular thrift store, a solar-powered charger, and more!
NYU operates a state-of-the-art Cogeneration plant, which provides heating and cooling to 40 NYU buildings and electricity to 26. The CoGen plant saves the university $5-8 million per year and has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20% since going online in 2010.
Electricity used at NYU not produced by CoGen is purchased from a variety of suppliers, of which a portion is sourced from hydropower generated at Niagara Falls.
In the United States, the majority of electricity is generated through the burning of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and petroleum), which contributes to the formation of smog, acid rain and the increased warming of the planet. Unplugging—both by reducing your use of electricity-consuming products and by literally unplugging electronic devices (energy vampires)—can significantly reduce these detrimental environmental impacts.
Unplugging is also important for your mental health and well-being. Americans spend a lot of time in front of screens and engaging in electricity-straining activities: watching television, using the computer...etc. Taking the time to devoid your life of technological overload can help reduce stress and allow you more time to participate in activities that don't require you to be plugged in, like biking, reading or playing games!
Each residence hall, and every individual, has the power to make a big difference to help reduce our environmental impact. Your participation in NYUnplugged will also help NYU's meet its city and state energy reduction goals. Check out how NYU plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by the year 2025.