New York University named an "eco-enlightened university" by the Sierra Club

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  • The Sustainability Task Force – composed of students, alumni, staff, faculty and community member, the Sustainability Task Force assesses current practices and advises on future efforts.

  • NYUnplugged – Organized by the Sustainability Task Force, NYUnplugged is an energy-saving challenge in which dorms compete to save energy.

  • Bike Share Program – Implemented this semester, the bike share program offers free short-term bicycle rentals to students and staff.

  • Green Apple Move Out – This programs allows students to donate gently used items such as clothes, books, furniture and small appliances, as well as canned food to Goodwill Industries of NYC and City Harvest when they move out of their dorms at the end of the year. This program has eliminated thousands of pounds of waste so far.

  • Cogeneration Plant – NYU has recently upgraded it's co-generation plant (CoGen), which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23%.

New York City's pollution is atrocious, so any efforts to reduce contribution to it is lauded. The university is being doubly responsible for not only educating future intellectuals and Oscar winners, but helping to ensure there is a planet still there for those future generations to use.

The color of my alma mater may be violet, but New York University is going green.

NYU has been named as one of the United State's eco-enlightened universities (a.k.a: "Cool Schools") by the Sierra Club for the second year in a row. Since it launched it's Sustainability Initiative in 2006, NYU's efforts in reducing carbon emission, have gone above and beyond placing purple recycling bins around campus.

NYU is one of 600 universities that have set a target to reach carbon neutrality through the American College and University President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Some of the actions NYU is taking to achieve this goal include:

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