• Water Conservation

    Water Conservation

    To encourage water conservation practices on campus, The New School has launched several Facilities Management initiatives and has established future goals to reduce potable water consumption.

    Ongoing Initiatives

    • upgraded all shower heads on campus to low-flow models and installed aerators on all sinks, toilets and urinals in 2012, saving 4.5M gallons of water annually
    • planted vegetation requiring a minimum amount of irrigation for landscaped areas on campus.

    Future Goals

    The university will evaluate the feasibility of collecting rainwater for reuse in cooling towers, some indoor uses, or sidewalk cleaning.

    University Center

    The New School’s University Center, currently under construction, will directly support the goals of PlaNYC and the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan by decreasing potable water usage and by reducing sewer discharge and runoff from impervious surfaces in Manhattan. An innovative blackwater reuse system will reduce potable water use by 74% and sewer discharges by 89%. Learn more about the sustainability features of University Center.