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The NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities
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The NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities

In 2007, 17 of New York City's universities accepted the NYC Carbon Challenge, taking on a leadership role in the effort to address global climate change. These universities have paved the way for others by exploring a variety of opportunities to reduce their energy use through energy efficiency and converting to cleaner energy sources. All together, the participating universities have achieved a 17 percent reduction in carbon emissions per square foot since 2007, saving millions of dollars. In addition, five universities have already met the 30 percent goal.

Current participants

  • Barnard College*
  • Berkeley College
  • City University of New York
  • Columbia University
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Fashion Institute of Technology*
  • Fordham University
  • The New School
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • New York University*
  • Pace University
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Pratt Institute
  • The Rockefeller University
  • School of Visual Arts*
  • St. John's University
  • Weill Cornell Medicine

*Universities committed to the 50 percent reduction goal by 2025

Find out about more details of the program in the NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities Program Design . For additional information about participation, please contact

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