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Report Card 2011

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New York University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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B
New York University

School details:

Endowment: $2,094 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: New York, New York

 

Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: Yes (see response)

 

Please note: This school did not respond to any of the three administrator surveys. The data used for both the profile and grading was compiled from independent research. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology section.  

 

Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.

 

Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

 
Overall grade  
B
New York University released a climate action plan in 2010 and integrates sustainability into its strategic plan, NYU 2031. The sustainability office employs multiple staff, including a full-time manager who serves as project administrator for the university's sustainability task force. The university requires the purchase of paper with at least 30 percent postconsumer recycled content and regularly purchases energy-efficient appliances and electronics. In 2009, the Green Grants program funded 23 different on-campus green initiatives led by school community members.
The university has reduced greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent since 2006, and a new cogeneration plant is projected to reduce campus-wide emissions an additional 23 percent. NYU aims to achieve at least a 30 percent reduction by 2017 and to be carbon neutral by 2040, partially through the purchase of offsets. Over 25,000 efficient lightbulbs and 2,500 occupancy sensors have been installed around campus to reduce energy use.
Dining services has committed to offering locally grown, organic, and fair trade products where possible in residential and retail locations. All seafood served on campus meets sustainable harvest guidelines. The Meals 2 Go program utilizes biodegradable dishware, and all preconsumer food waste is composted. Postconsumer dining hall waste has fallen 44 percent since trayless dining was implemented in four of the five residential dining halls. During the 2009 Green Apple Move Out, students donated 73 tons of reusable items to charity.
Renovations and new construction projects must meet LEED Silver standards. The Gallatin School of Individualized Study is LEED Gold certified, and three current construction projects are aiming to be LEED Silver certified or higher upon completion. Low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed in over 90 percent of campus building space.
There are at least eight environmentally focused student groups at NYU. The Stern Campus Greening Initiative recently implemented a recycling program, and the Wagner Environmental Policy and Action Group raises awareness about water and food issues. The university offers two sustainability-themed residence halls and five paid student sustainability internships.
Employees may receive public transportation subsidies through pretax payroll deductions. NYU's shuttle fleet provides free transportation between campus buildings and throughout the city. A free bike-share program allows students to register for bike rentals online.
A list of all holdings and a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level are made available at the investment office to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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