New York University daily student newspaper Washington Square News reported yesterday on the recent efforts by NYU to reduce its environmental footprint and increase awareness of green issues. The NYU administration recently announced three new sustainability initiatives designed to save energy and money, as well as educate students and faculty. NYU Sustainability Task Force project administrator Jerry Friedman told the paper that university has “the opportunity to be a leader in environmental scholarship. No school is doing more than we are.”
Among the environmental programs planned are an Educating for Sustainability lecture series and a “teach-in” related to green building. Robert Gottleib, author of the book Forcing the Spring: Transforming the American Environmental Movement, will be speaking about urban environmental policy on March 10, and past lecture topics include global warming and ecology. NYU has also established a grant-making program, NYU Green Grants to fund student and faculty-generated proposals related to ways the school can reduce its environmental impact. Funded projects typically engage the public on a large scale or involve research.