NYU Sustainability Partners and Institutional Commitments
NYU is a member of the following organizations:
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE is an organization of higher education institutions working to advance sustainability, in partnership with businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The AASHE website includes an extraordinarily detailed list of resources, guides and background information about implementing sustainability at universities (all resources are available through registration using an NYU email address.) AASHE also manages 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.
- Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities
The mission of the Environmental Consortium is to help shape the future of the regional and global environment through collaboration, education, and research. The EC facilitates cooperation among its regional colleges and universities, and organizes inter-institutional collaboration among faculty.
- NYC Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC Climate Challenge
In December 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg challenged New Yorkers to generate ideas for achieving 10 key goals for the city's sustainable future. Focusing on the five dimensions of the city's environment — land, air, water, energy, and transportation — the plan is intended to become a model for cities in the 21st century.
While New York City as a whole is targeting a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, NYU is acting as a Challenge Partner by meeting the 30% reduction goal in one decade, by 2017.
- American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
This high-visibility effort to address global warming is garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and working to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education in order to equip society to re-stabilize the earth's climate. NYU President John Sexton is among the leadership circle of the Commitment, which now has several hundred signatories.
- United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
The USGBC is an open-membership body of architects, planners, government and institutional members, and others committed to bringing sustainability to the construction and operation of buildings. The USGBC has developed the LEED system for rating and certifying green buildings. NYU is an institutional member; for access to members-only resources and documents, email or visit the NYU membership page.
USGBC New York Chapter works towards creating environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work in the greater New York area.
Additionally, NYU partners with these companies in areas related to sustainability:
- FPL Energy
FPL Energy is a leading clean energy provider with natural gas, wind, solar, hydroelectric and nuclear power plants in operation in 25 states. In 2007, NYU purchased a university-record 132,000,000 kWH of wind energy from FPL Energy.
- Action Environmental
Action Environmental is the carting company responsible for collection of waste, recyclables and compostables at NYU. They have helped us implement University-wide single stream recycling, and transport most of our compostable waste to a windrow facility in upstate New York.