Category: Office of Sustainability

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Green Grant Recipient: ITP Energy Workbench

by Jeff Feddersen

I’ve taught an “Energy” course at ITP for several years, and over that time I’ve noticed that there tend to be a few recurring problems when students tackle solar-powered projects. Students typically underestimate the difference between indoor and outdoor light levels; it is inconvenient to take prototypes outside to test, let alone work on them outdoors; they work at odd hours and at the last minute, meaning even with the best intentions and professor deadlines solar projects spend little if any time in direct sun if and when they are working. 

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AVP for Sustainability, Cecil Scheib testifies on climate and communities

AVP Cecil Scheib speaking at public hearing“You can’t just buy high-tech, energy saving equipment, dump it in a building, and expect it to operate correctly. You must also invest in the men and women that will operate it, day in and day out, from now until 2050 and beyond.”

– Cecil Scheib, Assistant Vice President for Sustainability, NYU


Earlier this month, AVP for Sustainability, Cecil Scheib, testified before the New York Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation during a public hearing to examine how best to address the impacts of climate change on communities and the work force. 

Read the full testimony to learn more about NYU’s carbon reduction goals, workforce training program, and more.

Green Grant Update: March For Science

Ingrid J. Paredes is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2015 and 2016.In 2019, she served as the co-chair for March for Science NYC. Omar Gowayed is a PhD candidate in materials chemistry at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. He received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2014. In 2019, he served as the co-chair for March for Science NYC. Here’s an update from Ingrid and Omar about March for Science!  Read more

CALL FOR NYU STUDENTS: Participation into Sustainable Art Project from Italy

On the occasion of the international urban sustainability conference EDRA50 Brooklyn, NYU Tandon will organize in cooperation with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) an art project titled “A Human Flower Wall” by artist Sasha Vinci, winner of the Sustainable Art Prize 2017 promoted by Sustainable Ca’ Foscari at the contemporary art fair ArtVerona and supported by the art gallery aA29 Project Room (Milan/Caserta). Read more

Resolution for Decarbonization Passes University Senate

On April 25, 2019, the University Senate passed a Resolution for Decarbonization.

This aspirational resolution calls on the University to consider a number of long-term climate impacts and chart a course for action on carbon reduction, community participation, and reporting. These areas include committing to 100% renewable power, heating, cooling, and transportation by 2040; better engaging internal stakeholders and partnering with environmental justice organizations; extending planning and goal setting to include global sites; updating NYU’s Climate Action Plan; and more. Read more