ACTION: Turn off equipment in empty offices
NYU IT intends to introduce new managed workstation software to all IT-managed computers in Spring 2019. This will be the first step towards a larger initiative of powering down office IT equipment when not in use.
ACTION: Procure green electronics
Starting in Spring 2019, Procurement and IT will work together to identify energy efficiency and sustainability standards for NYU IT equipment.
ACTION: Measure greenhouse gas emissions across NYU’s global network
Beginning in 2019, the Office of Sustainability will perform a Greenhouse Gas Inventory that is inclusive of the Global Network and Scope 3 emissions, where possible.
ACTION: Formalize acceptable building temperature ranges
Beginning in Spring 2019, Facilities & Construction Management will work toward defining a standard for building space temperatures and humidities.
Further Study Items for Energy, Water & Health
- Save energy in IT
NYU IT is forming a campus-wide working committee of IT professionals to collectively identify and work on opportunities for green IT.
- Transition desk phones to energy-saving softphones
NYU IT will examine possibilities for a transition, beginning with new employees, from deskphones to a software-based phone using the employee’s computer.
- Encourage stairwell use
Study opportunities to make stairwells more inviting and accessible to the NYU community.
- Reduce water use
Identify a water reduction goal and implementation strategy for the NYC campuses.
- Provide feedback to students on energy use
Explore ways to share energy consumption information with students in their residences.
- Reduce air quality impacts from food trucks
Explore the potential to improve mobile vending in areas around the NYC campuses to reduce the effects of generator exhaust.
- Green labs
Examine the potential for reducing use of energy and chemicals in labs.
- Assess and prepare for climate risks
Development of a Climate Resiliency Plan.
ACTION: Engage prospective, incoming, and current students
The Office of Sustainability now works with Admissions to ensure prospective students are aware of NYU’s sustainability efforts. Beginning Fall 2019, Student Affairs will begin making sustainability more present in everyday student life by incorporating information on sustainability practices into Welcome Week programs and by integrating the Office of Sustainability’s EcoReps program into Hall Council. The Office of the Provost will engage Faculty Fellows in Residence about programming opportunities.
ACTION: Share sustainability resources with new faculty
Beginning Fall 2019, sustainability will be included in the orientation materials and presentations for new faculty to provide an overview of NYU's sustainability efforts and opportunities for faculty engagement.
ACTION: Invest in administrator professional development
Beginning in 2020, Human Resources will incorporate sustainability classes and topics into staff professional development.
ACTION: Making a (sustainable) difference award
In 2020, NYU plans to add a sustainability award/category to the Making a Difference Award.
COMPLETED: Include sustainability information as part of employee onboarding
As of 2019, information about NYU sustainability practices and goals is now included in the materials given to all new employees.
COMPLETED: Strategize to engage broader NYU community
University Relations and Public Affairs and the Office of Sustainability have adopted a Communications Strategic Plan to better engage key audiences
Further Study Items for Engagement
- Motivate key leaders for sustainability
Explore adding sustainability performance indicators or questions into unit goals.
- Build positive connection with environmental justice
Seek to incorporate input from environmental justice groups on issues that affect their communities.
ACTION: Stop spending NYU money on single-use water bottles
After 2019 no NYU funds will be used on campus to purchase five gallon or single-use water bottles.
ACTION: Reduce waste from coffee
Beginning immediately, Procurement will enroll purchasers of K-Cup products in the Grounds to Grow On program and end users will collect the waste for composting. “Beans to cup” machines may be available upon special arrangement with Procurement.
ACTION: Automatically purchase eco-friendly products where possible
Starting in Spring 2019, Procurement will make eco-friendly options, where affordable, the default for the most commonly purchased office supplies.
IN PROGRESS: Make campus events sustainable
The Kimmel Center will now provide reusable and compostable dishware for events at no extra charge.
IN PROGRESS: Incorporate sustainability into dining & catering contract
Sustainability goals and metrics are being incorporated into NYU’s current, ongoing process for procuring dining and catering services.
Further Study Items for Food & Waste
- Digitize communication materials and NYU Marketing
Consider ways to reduce paper waste from internal paper marketing via an electronic delivery or opt-in system.
- Create a Zero Waste Plan
Consider how to undertake a large-scale planning effort to develop a zero waste strategy, including participation from the NYU community.
ACTION: Collaborate on sustainability teaching and research across schools
In 2019, the Office of Sustainability will begin to organize a standing, cross-school sustainability committee led by Deans. The committee may address items of teaching, research, collaboration, events, communications, or any other relevant topics.
ACTION: Help students find NYU sustainability-related content
In 2019, the Office of Sustainability will develop an online portal with information about sustainability courses, programs, and events, as well as Office of Sustainability programs and key sustainability performance indicators. In addition, beginning in 2021, the Registrar’s Office will begin tagging sustainability-related courses in Albert.
Further Study Items for Teaching & Research
- Bring sustainability lessons to students across NYU
Encourage Deans to determine the best approach for the integration of sustainability in their curricula and supporting faculty in doing so; creating an interdisciplinary introductory course on sustainability that might be taught across all NYU divisions; appealing to students to take existing sustainability-related courses.
- Help faculty and students find sustainability research
Consider suggesting all interested faculty tag their NYU Scholar profile with "sustainability".
ACTION: Reduce emissions from NYU vehicles
In 2019, Public Safety will work towards the goal of an all-electric fleet for shuttles and Public Safety vehicles.
ACTION: Assess commuting patterns
In 2019, NYU will perform a transportation and commuting survey for the NYC campuses to understand the commuting patterns of the NYU Community. This survey will help NYU understand what facilities, infrastructure and programs are needed to encourage more sustainable and healthy mobility choices.
Further Study Items for Transportation
- Make it easier to bike to campus
Consider standards for bike storage and showers for future building renovations, and identify areas where bike racks are needed and can be safely located and monitored for security purposes.
- Reduce undesired flying
Develop guide to educate faculty, students, and administrators on when to fly and available alternatives to flying such as NYU’s teleconferencing technologies.