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Environmental Assessment


STARS Gold Rating

STARS Gold Seal           STARS Gold Seal

NYU has received a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), the most comprehensive, transparent, and flexible framework for measuring the performance and documenting the steps taken to transform higher education into a sustainable sector of society. The University is also a Charter participant of STARS.

Read the NYU press release.

STARS Scorecard for NYU

STARS Gold Seal

Examine NYU's full environmental assessment
report at the STARS website.

Letter from NYU President John Sexton

It is an honor for NYU to receive a Gold Rating for its sustainability efforts, but perhaps not a surprise: seldom have I seen an initiative unite and motivate our campus more than our green efforts. From declines in electrical consumption to increases in recycling, from our new co-gen plant's reductions in greenhouse emissions to expansion of bicycle riding, the commitment to meeting the challenges of climate change is not only an institutional priority at NYU, but a widespread and very personal one as well.

Read President Sexton's entire letter: PDF

Previous Assessments

NYU's Sustainability Task Force released the first comprehensive Environmental Assessment Report of the university in 2009. This report covered the 2006-07 year, and included detailed data and analysis that will help to baseline NYU's environmental impacts and benchmark progress toward sustainability.

Sustainability staff and the Task Force Data Subcommittee worked with every sector of the university to collect and analyze information about a broad range of operational environmental impacts, in order to implement a comprehensive annual NYU Environmental Assessment process. » more