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Campus Projects

Since the Sustainability Initiative was launched in October 2006, we have been working to implement dozens of projects, both large and small.

Rather than implement these projects piecemeal, we are working to collaborate across administrative and academic divisions to ensure that they together amount to a meaningful intervention that helps secure NYU as a future leader in sustainability.

Some key campus projects are featured below.

Sustainability Task Force

The NYU Sustainability Task Force is a university-sanctioned advisory body made up of students, faculty and administrators representing constituencies from all over the campus.

The Sustainability Task Force conducts a comprehensive assessment of current practices; recommending a prioritized Green Action Plan to improve NYU’s environmental footprint; engaging faculty, students and administrators in sustainability efforts; and developing a method to award funds for green projects.

Green Grants

The Green Grants program annually funds student, faculty and staff-led projects that reduce NYU’s adverse environmental impacts, engage the campus community, demonstrate viability of best practices and technologies, and advance applied research and educational goals.

Environmental Assessment

Sustainability staff and the Task Force’s Data Subcommittee are working to assemble information about a broad range of operational environmental impacts into a comprehensive NYU Environmental Assessment.

The Assessment will centralize data from many campus sources and systems, and then analyze that data to guide new policies and initiatives. The Assessment will also serve as the backbone for a set of metrics to evaluate our trajectory and progress toward sustainability goals. An Assessment Report will be released in September 2008.

Energy Strategy

NYU is a very large user of energy. With the goal of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017, an Energy Strategy is being implemented in order to provide clear guidelines throughout the university for construction, maintenance, and the ongoing use of energy; reduce the impacts of energy production on the environment; and help make New York City an even better place to live.


Did you know you don’t have to leave NYU’s campus to see a Tulip tree, a Sweetgum, American hornbeam, or European Beech tree? NYU Landscaping serves both the University community and the historic neighborhood of Greenwich Village by designing, installing, and maintaining the urban landscapes that welcome people to the Washington Square campus. Sustainable landscaping offers positive environmental and health benefits to the University community as well as the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood. Through the efficient use of local resources and sustainable gardening practices, the NYU Landscaping has contributed to the reduction of air, noise, and water pollution in the Washington Square area.

For more information, pictures, and videos, visit the NYU Landscaping website.

Other University Projects

In addition to these, many independent projects and initiatives are being led by individual NYU administrative departments or schools. Find out more about these projects.

To learn more about the different areas of the university working together for sustainability, check out our Offices and Departments page.