The Baruch College newspaper The Ticker has a nice wrap-up this week of all the green initiatives going on at CUNY schools across the City. CUNY is New York’s largest university system, with 23 campuses and 280 buildings. Over the past ten years, CUNY has invested $110 million in upgrading its facilities to make them more eco-friendly.
The science lab at Bronx Community College, for example, runs entirely off solar panels on its roof, and two more solar roofs are planned at LaGuardia Community College and Kingsborough Community College. CUNY’s first eco-friendly science building just opened at Lehman College and additional sustainable science buildings are planned for City College and Brooklyn College. A green renovation of Baruch College’s 17 Lexington Avenue building is also slated to begin next year. Earlier this year, gbNYC reported on the construction of a Robert A.M. Stern-designed LEED Silver library at Bronx Community College.
Last June, CUNY was one of eight universities in New York which agreed to cut its emissions by 30 percent and, system-wide, turn its focus to reducing greenhouse emissions, constructing new LEED-certified buildings on its campuses, and increasing environmental research.