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.
- 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 CarbonChallenge@cityhall.nyc.gov.
Learn how five universities met the 30 percent reduction goal:
Tools for Universities
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