President Hamilton has committed NYU to become among the greenest campuses in the nation.

NYU met its 10-year pledge to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2017 five years early. The carbon savings are roughly equivalent to planting over 65,000 acres of trees (that’s more than all of Manhattan and Brooklyn combined)! We don’t know of any school as large as NYU that has cut as much carbon. We are now on our way to 50 percent by 2025, and carbon neutrality by 2040. We focus on buildings which are 95 percent of our carbon emissions.

"Cognitive Results by indoor environment" Green Buildings are 61% higher and enhanced green buildings are 101% higher than conventional buildings

Carbon reductions are not just good for the planet -- they also result in healthy indoor environments. Believe it or not, people spend over 90% of their time indoors, so green buildings can help you think clearly (if you’ve ever felt tired inside and then gone outside and felt wide awake, maybe you weren’t getting enough fresh air)! The good news is that our green building strategy saves energy, carbon, and money at the same time it makes the building better -- everyone wins.

All major NYU construction projects will be LEED certified targeting Silver minimum. As of 2018, over 2 million square feet of NYU buildings are LEED certified or undergoing certification.

As a new employee, you can:

  • Conserve and implement energy efficiency measures in your work space such as activating your computer's hibernation mode and turning it off at night, turning off power streams and installing an LED bulb in your task lamp.
  • Recycle properly in our waste management system.
  • Use your own reusable coffee mug and water bottle. Some on-campus coffee shops including Starbucks and Pete’s, give a 10 cent discount if you bring your own mug!
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New and seasoned employees can do even more to institutionalize sustainability in our offices and workspaces:

  • Attend a Green Zone training to discuss, think critically, and create an action plan to address the connections between sustainability and social justice.
  • Invite the Office of Sustainability to present to your office and share information about how to green your office space. Reach out to to discuss.
  • Make your next office event sustainable by following the strategies in our Green Events Standard.
  • Apply for a Green Grant to implement a large-scale sustainability initiative or project in your office space.
  • Submit a work order for recycling bins or signage if not in your Office.