New York University School of Law and the Department of Residence Services are committed to responsible environmental stewardship. Please take a moment to review the tips and information located on this Web site and check back for monthly "Green" Living Tips.
Residence Services Green Initiatives
Along with recycling, conservation, and reuse programs, the Department of Residence Services has also taken on other Green initiatives.
We partnered with the NYU Composting Initiative (Winner of a 2008 Green Grant) to institute a composting pilot program in D'Agostino Hall. Due to the success of the program, making composting simple and easy for all of our residents, we have extended the program to include Mercer Residence.
Light bulbs in all apartments and common areas have been replaced with energy efficient mini-spiral fluorescent bulbs.
- 240 Mercer Street: Bathroom & kitchen common area bulbs
- 110 West 3rd Street: Bedroom, kitchen/common area, and bathroom bulbs
- Bathrooms received a 60-watt equivalent bulb and other areas will receive a 100-watt equivalent bulb.
- Motion sensors placed in common areas (bathrooms, computer rooms, laundry rooms, etc.). Sensors to be placed during the spring semester in the D'Agostino Hall Journal, Lobby, Mezzanine and second floor offices and the Office of Residential Life and Student Organization offices in Mercer Residence.
- All new NYU School of Law residents are provided with Compact Flourescent Light bulbs (CFLs) for desk and floor lamps.
Mercer Residence and D'Agostino Hall HVAC
The wall-mounted thermostat in each room allows the resident to set the temperature (within a pre-set range of 68-72 degrees) and the fan speed and the unit fans will automatically shut off once the room temperature has been satisfied. Adjustments to the temperature settings are made seasonally and residents are notified. In addition, when unoccupied (sensors are located in each apartment) the temperature in the apartments can lower to a minimum of 55 degrees in the winter, and rise to a maximum of 84 degrees in the summer. This is done as an energy savings measure, and is tied into a smart Building Management System which monitors temperatures to insure a maximum 15 minute recovery time when reoccupied.
High efficiency front-loading clothes washers in laundry rooms.
- All of the printers, and computers' default settings, are set to duplex.
- The computers and monitors are set to shut off the hard disk after 30 minutes.
Hot Water Heating Equipment
High efficiency hot water heating equipment in Mercer and D’Agostino Hall (instantaneous heat exchangers).
Installation of vending misers, to reduce energy used by vending machines, on all vending machines.
Purchase of energy efficient G.E. appliances for all kitchens.
Purchase of recycled carpeting.
Organic fertilizers (Hollytone) and organic spikes for trees (made of nitrogen, phosphates and pot ash).
Green Chemical Substitution (Cleaners, etc.)
Please contact the Office of Facilities Services if you would like further information about the green chemical substitution.