Center for the Sustainable Built Environment
SBE provides a multidisciplinary, collaborative platform to foster innovation and advance the practice of sustainability in the real estate and construction industries through applied research, education, and outreach at NYU SCPS.
Psychology and the Environment Course
This project developed a Psychology and the Environment course at NYU.
Two Birds, One Stone
A student run club dedicated to feeding the hungry and homeless population in New York City while reducing the amount of food wasted in NYU dining halls.
A month-long competition in residence halls to reduce electricity consumption with real-time online tracking of electricity use.
NYU Green Lease
Provides guidelines and strategies for NYU staff to optimize the environmental performance of leases for rented properties.
Copy Central Document Imaging Service
Helps the University save paper, storage space, and money with a professional scanning and archiving service available through NYU Copy Central.
Stern Centralized Recycling
Stern students piloted removing trash bins from classrooms and pairing recycling bins with trash bins wherever there were trash bins - and found a 178% increase in recycling rates.
Igoe Renewable Generation Project
Integrating data and purchasing equipment to bolster solar energy in ITP curricula.
NYU Bike Share Pilot Program
In 2008, undergrad students Lindsi Seegmiller and Julia Ehrman spearheaded an effort to test the viability of a bikesharing program at NYU, which gave rise to the current NYU BikeShare program used today by thousands of university students, staff, and faculty.
Evidence Based Conservation
Funding course development and student projects for an Evidence Based Conservation course.
Radiator enclosures to reduce energy waste and increase occupant comfort for cast-iron steam radiators.
OurGoods is a skills and objects bartering network designed to connect students and alumni across disciplines.
H2O4U: Water Consumption Research
H204U studied why and how members of the NYU community choose and understand the water they drink.
Web News Videos (Parts 1 & 2)
Produced professional videos of sustainability lectures and events for archiving, education and future broadcasting.
Media Production Sustainability Videos
The NYU Media Production office produced videos for NYU's Sustainability Task Force.
NYU Green Spaces Plan
The Green Spaces Plan identified faculty and physical locations relevant to increasing the amount of food and greenery grown on-campus.
ITERRE: Initiative for Technical Education with Repurposed and Reused E-waste
ITERRE developed a portable curriculum for creating usable electronics from NYU-Poly's e-waste.
Compost Collection at NYU Wagner
Piloting compost collection for events and in academic spaces at NYU Wagner.
LEDs for Stage and On-Location Film & Video Shoots
Modernizing lighting equipment on Tisch's Film & TV teaching soundstage
Student Food Cooperative at NYU
Making healthy and sustainability-sourced food accessible to the local and greater community.
NYU Urban Farm Lab
Steinhardt Food Studies faculty are piloting an urban farm between Houston St and Silver Towers. The farm will support urban agriculture courses, volunteers, tenant gardening, and research.
Climate Change: It's What's for Dinner | Environmental Impacts of Meat
Campaigning to decrease meat consumption in light of its heavy environmental impact - through cooking demos, food events, pledges, online resources and participation in Meatless Mondays.
Mental Construals & Environmental Commons Dilemmas
Investigating how thinking of the environment as part of one's own identity may affect one's decision-making.
How Possible is Net Zero for an NYU Building?
Researching the feasibility of constructing a building that uses no more energy than it creates.
Drama Green Initative
DGI eliminates resource waste and sets sustainability standards in Tisch's department of Drama.
EdenWorks is a NYU-Poly-founded startup focused on building sustainable urban food infrastructure for retail and commercial foodservice operations.
NYU Environmental Student Times
As a journal for the NYU environmental community, NEST is comprised of student-generated poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, research, and photography.
Return Recycling seeks to become a scalable model for improving recycling infrastructure by putting advertising on recycling bins tested for the effectiveness of their design.
Building Optimization and Economic Potential
This is a joint project between the NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) and ECON Group, which is developing a lifecycle environmental platform for buildings.
Outdoor Environmental Leadership Program
Organized backpacking and outdoor trips alongside the CSALS Alternative Breaks program to teach students leadership through the lens of service while learning about environmental issues.
Greenpoint Growery: A Productive Garden
Feasibility evaluation and planning for a student-led greenroof project.
Students will film a short, engaging video to increase awareness and understanding of composting among students and increase NYU's landfill diversion rate.
Replacement of Water Aspirators
Replacing outdated water aspirators with diaphragm vacuum pumps in research labs during a time when no other funding source was feasible. Led by Chemistry faculty and staff members Charles Strom, Paramjit Arora, and James Canary.
Generating electricity through revolving doors in high traffic buildings, such as Bobst Library, for the sake of raising awareness of renewable energy.
Grow, Cook, Eat, Learn
Engaged elementary school students to think about what they eat, and where it comes from.
Green Map Project
Created an educational and research resource of local natural, cultural, social justice, and green living maps.
From French Fry Oil into Biodiesel Fuel
Evaluated vendors that can collect NYU's cooking oil waste and convert it to biodiesel fuel.
Bike to School
Jumpstarted NYU's biking initiatives with an abandoned bike recycling & training program and "Biking at NYU" report, which researched and justified future biking infrastructure improvements.
Kimmel Herbalmania - Edibles for All
Explores growing edible plants at NYU and demonstrates how to healthfully and deliciously use them.
Greening the Gallatin School
Publicizing Gallatin's renovation, NYU's first LEED-certified green building project. NYU later adopted a standard of LEED Silver for all new construction projects.
Metagenomics of Mycoremediation
This project aims to improve the health of a community garden, and importantly, to bring the concepts of mycoremediation to the New York City community at large.
Enertiv: Circuit-Level Energy Monitoring at NYU
This project aims to install hardware that tracks circuit-level energy usage information to drive behavioral change in the Third North residence hall and the NYU Community as a whole.
The Keen Vent is a wirelessly networked home air vent that enhances the efficiency and comfort of a home’s heating and cooling system by intelligently redirecting central HVAC airflow.
Global Design NYU
Global Design NYU is a place where the intersection between Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape is radically explored to create vibrant resources for scholars, students, and practitioners.
Rubin Residence Hall RA Jesse Truong will host a "sustainability dinner" for residents where Office of Sustainability staff will present about waste at NYU and teach best practices for dealing with food waste.
The Bellflower is a kinetic sculpture that runs on solar power and biomimetically resembles an opening flower.
Make Way for Monarchs
This project's goal is to plant milkweed in NYU green spaces in order to support the migrating populations of Monarch Butterflies who pass through Manhattan on their fall and spring migrations.
Superstorm Research Lab
Research about how Superstorm Sandy changed thinking patterns in New York City.
NYU Existing Building LEED Feasibility and Opportunity Analysis
Creating a database to help NYU discern which sustainable improvements will garner the greatest energy savings.
Connect Music Festival for NYU Unplugged
Providing a music festival for the winning residence hall of NYU Unplugged Spring 2014
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sustainability: Transforming Curriculum in Higher Education
Developing a workshop for NYU faculty to learn about integrating sustainability themes into their teaching.
Field Studies in Private Land Conservation
Field Studies aimed to introduce NYU undergraduates to outdoor private-partnership conservation preserves and their stewardship organizations. The program planned to visit five preserves in the academic year, using each location as a classroom to learn about the ecology, politics, and operations. This project did not manifest because the project leader left the university.
Ride Down Memory Lane
This project aimed to create an MP3 guided bike tour to educate participants on the history of NYU and promote environmentalism by including historical locations.
Greeks Go Green
This project intended to engage NYU's Greek communities around reducing their environmental impact, ultimately educating and mobilizing sororities and fraternities through events, advocacy opportunities, and a new set of "green" principles for Greek organizations.