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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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