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The NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities
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The NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities

In 2007, 18 of New York City's universities accepted the NYC Carbon Challenge, taking on a leadership role in the effort to fight 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. Altogether, the participating universities have achieved a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per square foot since 2007, saving millions of dollars. In addition, five institutions 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
  • LIM College
  • The New School
  • New York University*
  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Pace University
  • Pratt Institute
  • The Rockefeller University
  • School of Visual Arts*
  • St. John's University
  • Wagner College
  • Weill Cornell Medicine

*Universities committed to the 50 percent reduction goal by 2025
Find out more details of the program in the NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities Program Design. For additional information about participation, please

Learn how five universities met the 30 percent reduction goal:


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