The Law School has long been at the forefront of trends in legal education. In keeping with that legacy, and our deep, historical commitment to public service, the Law School has made a concerted effort over the years to reduce our environmental footprint, and be a leader in fostering a more sustainable campus. Over the years, the institution has made great strides in integrating “green” practices and principles into its operations, and we hope those are just the beginning. Listed below are some of the numerous projects and initiatives that have been undertaken.
- Smart metering systems to monitor and adjust HVAC equipment for peak efficiency, and shutdown of all nonessential equipment after the buildings close (Pre-set temperature of 72 degrees F plus or minus three degrees).
- 99% of Vanderbilt and Furman Halls lights have been replaced LED lights and Vanderbilt Hall courtyard's roof flood lights were replaced with metal halides, which use 600% less energy (all bulbs are properly recycled and collected).
- All Offices and Suites in the academic buildings use motion sensors to save energy.
- All toilets in Furman Hall are dual flush and 40% more efficient.
- The toilet paper and towels for restrooms in Vanderbilt and Furman Halls are currently a blend of 65% recycled material.
- Vanderbilt Hall has two Bottle filling Stations. Furman Hall has added Gooseneck bottle filler to all water fountains.
- All disposable plates, napkins, coffee stirrers, and silverware are made of compostable materials.
- Hayden Hall and D'Agostino Hall have sensors located in each apartment that adjust the temperature in the apartments as an energy savings measure. These sensors are tied into a smart Building Management System.
- Residence Services launched a LED Bulb program to switch all bulbs over to LED.
- Residence Halls also use motion sensors in common areas such as laundry rooms, trash closets, computer labs, study rooms, and bathrooms to save on energy.
- Stickers were placed above light switches in all apartments and offices in the residence halls reminding people to “CONSERVE ENERGY – Please Turn Off Unneeded Lights.”
- Vending misers placed on all vending machines in the residence halls to dim the lights in the machines.
- Drip-type irrigation systems and water timers are used in terrace planters in the Residence Halls and Hayden Hall Courtyard.
- High- efficiency hot water heating equipment in Hayden Hall and D'Agostino Hall (instantaneous heat exchangers).
- High-efficiency front loading washing machines are in Hayden Hall and D'Agostino Hall.
- The “Green Apple Move Out” provides students with bins for recycling electronics, cartridges, and techno trash, as well as bins for donating clothing and linens and non-perishable unopened food.
Academic and Residential Buildings
- Comply with University initiative to purchase of office supplies made of recycled materials through Staples.
- NYU Law Magazine and brochures printed on recycled paper.
- Residence Halls and academic buildings use 100% Green cleaning products.
- Bicycle racks were installed in Vanderbilt Hall courtyard and in front of Furman Hall, and a Bike Room is offered for bike storage in Hayden Hall, and a street-side bike rack outside D'Agostino Hall.
- Mixed Recyclable Bins (Single-Stream Recycling) are located throughout academic buildings and Residence Halls.
- Techno Trash containers are located in the D 'Agostino Hall Commons, Vanderbilt Hall 110, Furman Hall Lobby, and the Hayden Hall Lobby
- Composting programs initiated in Hayden Hall (residence), D'Agostino Hall (residence, offices and journals), Furman Hall (residence and cafes), Vanderbilt Hall (cafe), and Wilf Hall (2nd Floor Pantry).
- All computers and monitors in the computer labs are set to hibernate if not used for 30 minutes.
- 22 Washington Square North was built as a Gold LEED Building.
- Wilf Hall was built as a Platinum LEED Building and has a green roof .