Over the years, NYU students, faculty, administrators, and staff have been identifying ways to innovate and implement sustainable change in our institution. From the first meeting of the Sustainability Task Force, which was started by an NYU student and precedes the establishment of the Office of Sustainability, to the naming of NYU's first ever Assistant Vice President for Sustainability; NYU has made impressive strides.
Village Green Recycling Center Coordinator, Carl Hultberg, develops NYU's first recycling program.
TODAY: NYU has a diversion rate of more than 30% and counting.
The Sustainability Task Force is established to foster a culture of sustainability at NYU.
TODAY: The Sustainability Task Force gave rise to NYU's Office of Sustainability, and the two groups now work together to green NYU.
NYU commits to the PlaNYC Mayor Carbon Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2017 (based off 2006 levels).
TODAY: NYU met the challenge's goal 5 years ahead of schedule, reducing emissions by 30% in 2012.
NYU's Environmental Studies academic program was founded.
TODAY: The Department of Environmental Studies continues to expand, offering a major and minor in Environmental Studies, as well as a minor in Animal Studies.
NYU announced the completion of its natural gas-fired CoGeneration plant.
The CoGen plant is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by 23%, cut NOx and particulate emissions by 68%, provide 22 NYU buildings with electricity and provide 37 NYU buildings with heat.
NYU meets Mayor's Carbon Challenge 5 years ahead of schedule.
TODAY: NYU has increased its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025, and to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2040.
NYU's EcoReps program is developed to promote peer-to-peer sustainability education in NYU's residence halls.
TODAY: NYU's EcoReps program has over 60 participants.
NYU names its inaugural Assistant Vice President for Sustainability, Cecil Scheib.
TODAY: Cecil is helping to guide President's Hamilton's vision to become one of the "greenest urban campuses in the nation."
The Sustainability Working Group release 35 near-term initiatives
TODAY: The actions, which include a commitment to halting University spending on plastic water bottles; transitioning to all-electric Public Safety vehciles and shuttles; enhancing outreach and communication to incoming students and employees; centralizing information about sustainability courses and programs; and more, are well underway!
NYU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.
A 50% emissions reduction will be achieved through the joint efforts of students, faculty, and staff.