Links & Resources

Student Groups, Organizations, and Listservs

NYU Resources & Organizations

  • NYU Sustainability Web Site
  • Sustainability Task Force: The full Task Force is a university advisory body made up of approximately 60 members, which is tasked with developing recommendations for new policies and practices that improve NYU's environmental performance and foster a campus culture of sustainability.
  • Green Grants: The Green Grants program annually funds student, faculty and staff-led projects that reduce NYU's adverse environmental impacts, engage the campus community, demonstrate viability of best practices and technologies, and advance applied research and educational goals.
  • Sustainability Advocate Program: The Sustainability Advocate Program engages the broader NYU community in the effort to create a more sustainable campus. The program harnesses the effort, energy, and enthusiasm of employees to "green" their own departments and work spaces, while educating others and increasing awareness throughout the university.
  • Campus Policies: Standards and guidelines for sustainability at NYU.
  • NYU Cogeneration Power Plant: NYU's new, efficient cogeneration power plant project will yield a significant decrease in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while nearly doubling the amount of power produced on-campus.
  • NYU Recycling Services
  • NYU Energy Strategy: NYU is a very large user of energy. With the goal of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017, an Energy Strategy is being implemented in order to provide clear guidelines throughout the university for construction, maintenance, and the ongoing use of energy; reduce the impacts of energy production on the environment; and help make New York City an even better place to live.
  • NYU Purchasing Department Green Newsletter
  • NYU Bookstore Green Initiatives
  • NYU Bike Share: The goal of NYU's Bike Share system is to make free bicycles available to students, staff, administrators, and faculty.

Local Resources

  • The Council on the Environment of NYC: The Council on the Environment of NYC (CENYC) is a hands-on non-profit that has been improving New York City's environment for over thirty years. CENYCs dedicated staff green our neighborhoods, create the environmental leaders of the future, promote waste prevention and recycling, and run the largest farmers market program in the country.
  • PlaNYC 2030: PlaNYC 2030 is New York City’s sweeping plan to enhance New York’s urban environment and achieve a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. This site contains tips for what New Yorkers can do at home, at work, on the go, and in general so that we can ensure a higher quality of life for generations of New Yorkers to come.
  • NYSERDA: This organization strives to facilitate change through the widespread development and use of innovative technologies to improve the State’s energy, economic, and environmental well-being.
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Tools & Online Resources

  • Eco-Footprinting: Ecological Footprint Quiz that estimates the amount of land and ocean required to sustain your consumption paternas and absorb your wastes on an annual basis. Learn how to reduce your impact on the Earth.
  • Set Computer to Hibernate

Legal & Environmental Organizations

  • Environmental Defense: Environmental Defense partners with businesses, governments, and communities to find practical environmental solutions. It tackles the most serious environmental problems with strong science, innovative markets, corporate partnerships, and effective laws and policy.
  • National Resources Defense Council: NRDC is an environmental action group dedicates to safeguarding the Earth: its people, its plans and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends by combining the grassroots power of 1.2 million members and online activists witht he expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.
  • Earthjustice: Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions and communities. Earthjustice works in the courts; on the Hill; and is actively promoting a green lifestyle in the workplace, too.
  • The Nature Conservancy: The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.
  • US. Green Building Council: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices. USGBC is composed of more than 15,000 organizations from across the building industry that are working to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.

Web Sites & Blogs

  • Triple Pundit: Founded by sustainable business expert Nick Aster, this green blog covers news, technology, politics and business developments as they relate to the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit.
  • Legal Planet: A collaboration between UC Berkeley School of Law and UCLA School of Law, Legal Planet provides insight and analysis on energy and environmental law and policy. It covers Supreme Court decisions, regulatory actions, and state and national legislation that affects water resource management, toxic waste disposal, renewable energy, air quality, land use, and more.
  • Green Collar Blog: Green Collar Blog is a resource to help people seeking jobs that focus on environmental and social responsibility. Green Collar Blog is a service of Green Jobs Network.
  • The Go Green Blog: The Go Green Blog is a great place to find information and facts about the environment. You can also learn easy tips & tricks, as well as find some awesome eco-friendly products to incorporate into your everyday routine to make your lifestyle a Green one.
  • The Daily Green: The Daily Green features daily news, tips, seasonal recipes and community photos. We have a host of bloggers and contributors, and our features cover a variety of topics, including gardening, nutrition and food safety; saving money and energy at home, in the car and everywhere else; the latest research about global warming and the health risks of chemicals and toxic toys; as well as unique topics you'll find nowhere else (like that architectural marvel, the shipping container home).
  • 100 Essential Green Internet Resources
  • Creative Citizen™: Creative Citizen equips individuals and communities to move forward in the quest to become responsible global citizens. Instead of focusing on the fear induced by water shortages, expanding landfills, smoggy cities and the specter of global warming, we focus on one action at a time, knowing that a series of small actions can lead to massive results.

Recommended Reading

  • Natural Capitalism – Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
    By Paul Hawken, Amory and L. Hunter Lovins
  • Green Marketing – Opportunity for Innovation
    By Jacquelyn A. Ottman
  • If Aristotle Ran General Motors – The New Soul of Business
    By Tom Morris
  • Business As Unusual
    By Anita Roddick
  • Cool Companies – How the Best Businesses Boost Profits and Productivity by Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    By Joseph J. Romm
  • Charging Ahead – The Business of Renewable Energy and What It Means for America
    By John J. Berger
  • The Natural Step for Business – Wealth, Ecology and the Evolutionary Corporation
    By Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomare
  • This Place on Earth 2001 – Guide to a Sustainable Northwest
    By Northwest Environment Watch Staff
  • The Land That Could Be – Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century
    By William A. Shutkin
  • You Can’t Eat GNP – Economics As If Ecology Mattered
    By Eric A. Davidson
  • Biomimicry – Innovation Inspired by Nature
    By Janine M. Benyus
  • Land Use in America – The Report of the Sustainable Land Use Project
    By Henry L. Diamond and Patrick F. Noonan
  • The Condor’s Shadow – The Loss and Recovery of Wildlife in America
    By David S. Wilcove
  • A History of the Ecosystem Concept in Ecology – More Than The Sum Of The Parts
    By Frank Benjamin Golley
  • The Ecology of Commerce – A Declaration of Sustainability
    By Paul Hawken
  • Biophilia – The Human Bond With Other Species
    By Edward O. Wilson
  • Ecoforestry – The Art and Science of Sustainable Forest Use
    Edited by Alan Drengson and Duncan Taylor
  • Comparative Description of the Native Trees of the Sewanee Area (Tennessee)
    By Stephen F. Puckette
  • Heart of the Land – Essays on Last Great Places
    Edited by Joseph Barbato and Lisa Weinerman
  • The Heat Is On – The Climate Crisis, The Cover-Up, The Prescription
    By Ross Gelbspan
  • Green Plans – Greenprint for Sustainability
    By Huey D. Johnson
  • The Great Work – Our Way Into The Future
    By Thomas Berry
  • Changing Places – Rebuilding Community in the Age of Sprawl
    By Richard Moe and Carter Wilkie
  • Wilderness Ethics – Preserving the Spirit of Wildness
    By Laura and Guy Waterman