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Report Card 2010

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New York University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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New York University

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $2,475 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: New York, New York

Enrollment: 31,848

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

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In its policies, NYU recognizes its responsibility to incorporate environmental values throughout administrative operations and its academic mission. The Sustainability Task Force completed the first comprehensive environmental assessment of the university and approved a number of sustainability policies. The Office of Sustainability employs nine full-time staff. The NYU Garden Shop provides 100 percent organic grounds care for the campus.
NYU has committed to reducing its emissions 30 percent by 2017 as part of PlaNYC. The university's expansion of its cogeneration plant is expected to reduce campus carbon emissions by over 15 percent within the next year. Other energy efficiency projects include large-scale lighting and HVAC retrofits.
Two campus dining halls have vegan stations that feature local, sustainably grown produce. Dining services purchases exclusively fair trade coffee and sustainably caught seafood. As part of a national pilot FoodPrint project, NYU will quantify its carbon footprint for food by inputting detailed ingredient invoices into a comprehensive calculator. During NYU’s 2009 Green Apple Move Out, students donated 73 tons of reusable items, up from the previous year's 8 tons. Diverting this much material from landfills represented a 2 percent reduction in NYU's waste stream for the year and saved the university approximately $10,000 in waste-hauling costs.
The university has established that all new construction and major renovations will meet LEED Silver standards. At least four current construction projects will pursue LEED Silver certification or higher, and one building has received Gold certification. All laundry facilities use energy- and water-efficient appliances. Low-flow faucets, showerheads, and some dual-flush toilets have been installed.
The Green Apple Explorations residence floor offers freshman interested in environmental issues an opportunity to get involved in sustainability movements at NYU and beyond. Earth Matters, one of many active student environmental groups at NYU, focused its attention in 2009 on reducing water bottle consumption and is collaborating with the administration to install a green roof on one building.
Over 17 percent of the university's motor pool is comprised of electric vehicles. The NYU Bike Share Program allows students to register online for one of 30 available bikes. The university plans to increase bicycle storage, infrastructure, and safety measures. NYU offers a shuttle that connects the campus's buildings around the city.
A list of all holdings and a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level are made available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy and community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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