The New School is committed to becoming a more sustainable university. In order to reduce the institution’s environmental footprint and carbon emissions, the university has established the following goals:
- Reduce the use of energy in buildings.
- Promote the use of public transportation and bicycling.
- Decrease consumption of potable water.
- Reduce waste sent to landfills.
- Improve Indoor Environmental Quality.
- Support initiatives to integrate sustainability and eco-literacy into curriculum, campus programming, and events.
To this end, the university has signed on to two major initiatives that demonstrate its dedication to fulfilling these sustainability goals: the Mayor's Challenge to Universities and the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Click here to read more about these public commitments.
In August 2010, The New School and approximately 200 other schools signed on as a Charter Participant to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS®), an initiative developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Created by universities for universities, STARS helps higher education institutions assess their efforts in sustainability across multiple categories. The New School received a STARS Silver rating in August 2011.