NYU is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. In order to achieve that goal, we must aggressively reduce energy consumption in our buildings.
Old, drafty buildings that waste energy also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Our efforts to green our buildings and lower carbon emissions have significant health benefits. In fact, medical studies show that cognitive function doubles in offices with better indoor air quality. Therefore, our students, faculty, and administrators perform better--academically and professionally--when their indoor environment is more comfortable and has cleaner air.
over 90% of NYU's energy consumption
is building related
60% of NYU's buildings
are 50 years or older
101% increase in cognitive function
in green buildings*
NYU employs strategies to reduce energy in academic and office buildings through conservation, efficiency methods, and on-site power generation.
NYU’s energy-saving strategies include standards for green construction and renovations; large-scale retrofits; operational innovations through building management systems, advanced controls, active monitoring, and operator trainings; and upgrades and expansions to the CoGeneration plant that minimize the use of fuel oil for heat.
What is LEED?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified projects, such as buildings or renovated spaces, advance NYU's commitment to sustainability. To achieve LEED certification, a project must satisfy environmental performance standards put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Based on a points system, LEED certified projects meet targets for improved health, environmental efficiency and cost-savings of the project's construction and continued operations.
2 million square feet
of LEED certified space
We have committed resources to ensure that every significant construction project NYU undertakes will be LEED certified, targeting Silver certification as a minimum.
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