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NYU MBA Student's Green Grant Increases Recycling by 178%

September 29, 2010

The NYU Green Grant, headed by MBA student Trish Nowoslawski Kenlon, "Stern Centralized Recycling Pilot Project" removed all trash cans from classrooms in the primary academic building for Stern School of Business, and placed them in public areas, paired with single-stream recycling receptacles. Following this change the average weight of recycled material went from 22.99 pounds per day to 63.90 pounds per day, an increase of 178%. Additional outcomes included, an estimated decrease of 50% less trash left on floors and tables in classrooms; a reduction in the amount of time required for cleaning staff to service the affected floors, and a reduction in student confusion with the wall-mounted receptacles that are always in the same place.

NYU Green Grant Study on Bottled Water Yields Surprising Results

September 22, 2010

To provide an academic foundation and basis for the culture of water consumption and quality of water on campus, PhD candidate Max Liboiron conducted "H2O4U," a qualitative research study and Green Grant. The report concluded, among other findings, that NYU consumes the equivalent of one million bottles of water a month. 65% of the population drinks 91% of NYU's bottled water, and neither water quality nor convenience (the ease of buying, carrying, and throwing away a disposable container) are significant reasons for choosing bottled over tap water. Instead habit, availability (the presence of bottled water for sale or for free), and aesthetics (taste and clarity) motivated bottled water consumption. For more information, contact Max Liboiron at .

NYU Green Grantee Collects over $5,000 Worth of E-Waste

September 15, 2010

"TERRE: Technical Education Reusing and Repurposing E-waste," an NYU Green Grant led by student Ed Bear, diverted electronic waste from three buildings on campus and used it as raw material to run two educational workshops on electronic construction. Within the short span of the program (approx. one year), Bear collected at least 2,061 individual electronic components, 25 devices and over 100 feet of wire. A conservative estimate puts the market values of the devices at over $5,000. The waste stream audit suggests the flow of surplus electronics is enough to sustain an expanded science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program.

A Transformed Recycling System Will Bring NYU Closer to Zero Waste

September 8, 2010

NYU has been recycling around 30% of its waste for many years – but the university aims to boost this figure with the new and improved Mixed Recycling system, allowing all recyclable items – paper, glass, aluminum, cardboard – to be disposed of in one labeled bin.  Goods are later sorted in a new, cutting-edge materials recovery facility. To make this system even easier to understand all bins on campus are being relabeled. Additionally, the expansion of the Technoscrap collection program includes new bins that take Ink and toner cartridges, batteries, jewel cases, video tapes, cassettes, diskettes, CDs, DVDs and all type of cables and wires/wiring.  These new and improved brown Technotrash bins also come with automatic weekly pick up service, instead of the previous system through which clients had to call for a pick-up.

NYU Curtailment Initiative Saves Enough Electricity to Take 7,000 NYC Homes Off the Grid

September 1, 2010

On one of the hottest days of this summer, NYU helped prevent a city-wide brown-out with its curtailment initiative. NYU participates in the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) demand response program, cutting its energy use when heat emergencies threaten the grid. NYU's efforts in collaboration with the Sustainability Advocates—trained volunteers in administrative spaces around NYU—have helped reduce power usage during high-demand hours and to avoid the firing up of dirty, polluting "peaking" power plants near NYC. As a supplement to this program, NYU Sustainability sends students and staff to different campus buildings to turn off unnecessary lights, turn up thermostats to proper set-points, and unplug unused appliances during heat emergencies. As a result, over each four hour period, we saved enough electricity to power one average NYC home for three years, the equivalent to taking 7,000 homes in NYC off the grid!

NYU Bike Share Program Gears Up

August 23, 2010

The Bike Share Program at NYU, the first free bicycle-sharing program in New York City, has entered the pilot phase this summer. With the long-term vision of lowering the barriers to entry – such as cost and inexperience – that prospective cyclists face at NYU, a group of students designed and executed the program with planning and organizational support from the Sustainability Office. To begin the academic year, there will be bikes available in half a dozen residence halls for rental by students, faculty, and staff simply by displaying an NYU ID card and receiving a key.  Front desk staff then check the bike in and out of a web-based reservation system.  It’s that simple!  The program expects to expand based on demand in the coming year.

NYU Stern School of Business Ranked 8th out of 100 MBA Programs for Sustainability Achievement

November 23, 2009

The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education recently published its 2009-2010 Beyond Grey Pinstripes report, ranking NYU's Stern School of Business 8th out of 100 MBA programs all around the world. Beyond Grey Pinstripes is an alternative ranking of business schools that prioritizes the integration of social justice and environmental stewardship into curricula and research. Stern was recognized for its ethics-focused course offerings, programs to promote student involvement in community initiatives, and environmental achievement. Much of the latter has been made possible by the Stern Campus Greening Initiative, a student-led task force which works to devise and implement sustainability initiatives from the installation of high-efficiency hand driers to partnerships with local businesses on the promotion of reusable coffee mugs.

RFK Jr. Speaks at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study

November 1, 2009

On October 12, 2009, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. delivered the Fall 2009 Albert Gallatin Lecture on "Our Environmental Destiny." In his lecture, he discussed the steps he believes the US must take to protect the environment, and told of a recent meeting he had had with Barack Obama, in which he stressed the importance of alternative energy sources. Kennedy, named one of Time magazine's "Heroes for the Planet," serves as senior attorney for the National Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance. He has worked on environmental issues across the Americas, and is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at Pace University School of Law's Environmental Litigation Clinic.

The New Student's Guide to Sustainability at NYU

September 15, 2009

Incoming NYU students interested in sustainability have a new resource to draw upon - the web-based New Students' Guide to Sustainability at NYU. The New Students' Guide, which was made possible by a Green Grant from the NYU Sustainability Task Force covers three core topic areas: how students can make sustainable lifestyle choices, the opportunities they have to integrate sustainability into their academic programs, and how they can participate in environmental efforts on campus. While it's primarily NYU-focused, we hope that the New Students' Guide will become a resource for other colleges and universities as well!

NYU Students Start Green

September 8, 2009

When NYU students arrived at their dorms last week, they were greeted not only with room keys and area maps, but also with compact fluorescent lightbulbs. The CFLs were provided by NYU Facilities and Construction Management, who hope that they will help to both reduce students' energy consumption, and inspire them to continue choosing CFLs even after they move on from the residence halls. Entering NYU freshmen were introduced to sustainability from the very beginning in other ways, too - collaboration with the Student Resource Center led to a comprehensive set of Green Welcome Week programs, and many different departments included flyers about sustainability, bike maps, and compost maps in their students' orientation packets.