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1. What percentage of waste in NYC trash is compostable?

  • A. 9%
  • B. 24%
  • C. 34%
  • D. 46%
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C - about a third of the waste produced in NYC is organic matter, meaning it can be composted! When organic waste is thrown in the trash, it goes to landfills, where it generates methane and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. The process of composting greatly reduces these methane emissions and creates compost, which provides valuable nutrients to soil for new plants to grow.

Source: Hunter College New York City Food Policy Resource Center


2. How can you participate in composting in NYC?

  • A. Visit your local food scraps drop-off location, found on the city’s interactive map
  • B. Throw your food scraps in a regular trash bin
  • C. Enroll your building in NYC’s curbside composting program, if you live in one of the following community board areas: Brooklyn 1, 2, 6, and 7; Manhattan 6 and 7; and Bronx 8
  • D. Create a compost system in your yard or on your r
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 A, C, and D - while throwing your food scraps into a regular trash bin guarantees it will go to a landfill, there are many ways you can easily compost in NYC! You can collect compost at home and bring it to your closest drop off point. Find your local drop off point on the city’s interactive map. If you live in Brooklyn 1, 2, 6, or 7; Manhattan 6 or 7; or Bronx 8 community board areas, you can also nominate your building to participate in DSNY’s curbside composting program by calling 311 or by enrolling online.  If your building has more than 10 units, you can still nominate your building, but DSNY requires an authorized building representative (property manager or agent, superintendent, building owner co-op board member or president) to sign off, so you can also contact your representative to inform them of the program and your interest. Additionally, if you have the space, you can create your own at-home composting system. Learn more about how to create a compost system.

3. Which of the following NYU centers focus on environmental issues and sustainability?

  • A. Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy, and Land Use Law
  • B. Institute for Policy Integrity
  • C. State Energy & Environmental Impact Center 
  • D. Climate Litigation Accelerator
  • E. All of the above
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Correct answer: E - NYU Law environmental centers engage with issues through research and discussion, regularly inviting highly regarded speakers to campus to address the community. The Frank J. Guarini Center focuses on environmental and energy challenges that range from global climate change to regional energy policy. The Institute for Policy Integrity is a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the quality of government decisionmaking with a particular focus on environmental issues. The State Impact Center supports state attorneys general in defending and promoting clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies. The Climate Litigation Accelerator (CLX) is a global collaborative hub for research, advocacy, and strategic litigation on the climate emergency. Learn more about the centers.

4. NYU provides which of the following to help fund projects focused on environmental issues and sustainability …

  • A. Green Grants
  • B. Environmental and Racial Justice Network Seed Funding
  • C. None of the above
  • D. A & B
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Correct answer: D - The NYU Office of Sustainability offers grants for students pursuing projects related to sustainability. They have Green Grants, which offer up to $20,000 for projects aimed at advancing sustainability at NYU, and Environmental and Racial Justice Network Seed Funding, which provides up to $2,000 in funding for projects that address issues at the intersection of environmental and racial justice.

5. When broken, batteries can release heavy metals and chemicals that damage the environment, so it’s important to make sure that batteries are properly recycled. Where can you recycle batteries on campus?

  • A. D’Agostino Common Area
  • B. Vanderbilt Hall 211
  • C. Furman Hall front desk
  • D. Wachtell Lounge
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Correct answer: A & B - Alkaline batteries can be recycled  in labeled boxes D’Agostino Common Area and Vanderbilt Hall 211. Drop off your used batteries to ensure they are properly disposed of!

6. Where can you recycle technological trash (keyboards, cell phones, wires, computer parts, etc.) on campus?

  • A. Hayden Hall lobby
  • B. D’Agostino Hall lobby
  • C. Vanderbilt Hall Room 211
  • D. Any paper or plastic recycling bin on campus
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Correct answers: A, B, and C - technological trash requires special recycling treatment, so it can’t go in the ordinary recycling bins. However, NYU has special recycling bins for “techno trash” that are marked with orange signage where community members can properly dispose of these materials. You can find techno trash bins in the Hayden Hall lobby, the D’Agostino Hall lobby, and in Vanderbilt Hall Room 211.

7. Which of the following law school buildings has a green roof?

  • A. D'Agostino Hall
  • B. 22 Washington Square North 
  • C. Wilf Hall
  • D. Furman Hall
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Correct answer: C - Wilf Hall is the only building on campus that … a green roof is … Terraces on the second and sixth floors serve as informal meeting areas, with walking paths enclosed by creeping perennials and grasses.

Source: NYU Law magazine


8. NYU plans to be carbon neutral by ___ ?

  • A. 2045
  • B. 2040
  • C. 2035
  • D. 2030
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 B. 2040

9. Are there seahorses in the Hudson River?

  • A. Yes
  • B. No
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Yes, the “Lined Seahorse” is found in Hudson River.

Source: Gothamist