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

Seventeen of New York City's universities accepted the NYC Carbon Challenge in 2007, 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% reduction in carbon emissions per square foot since 2007, saving millions of dollars that can be reinvested into their students and research. In addition, five universities have already met the 30% 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 Medical College


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Learn how five universities met the 30% goal:

Press and Announcements
Mayor Bloomberg and University Officials Announce Commitment by Universities to Exceed PlaNYC Emissions Reductions Goal and Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions 30% by 2017

Mayor Bloomberg and University Officials Announce Four New Universities Joining PlaNYC Challenge to Reach Ambitious Goal of Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions 30 Percent in 10 Years

Tools for Universities
Want to reduce energy use and emissions from your own school? Use these tools to get started!

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