• Carbon Emissions

    Carbon Emissions

    Carbon Emissions In-Brief:  The New School is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 30% as compared with a 2014 baseline, by 2025.  Emissions have been reduced by 5.1% over the past year.  Emissions are driven largely by electricity use.


    Emissions by Source: A snapshot of the sources (Scope 1 & 2) of the The New School’s emissions.  Electricity use is the dominant cause of The New School’s emissions.

    Current vs Projected CO2 Emissions

    Current vs Projected Emissions: A 10-year outlook on The New School’s CO2reduction commitment, and anticipated change in portfolio profile.  Oil will be replaced by natural gas and thus gas consumption will increase over time, however, gas is less carbon-intensive fuel than oil.

    Total CO2e Emissions

    Total CO2e Emissions: Total historical emissions since 2006 at The New School, and our goal to reduce emissions 30% over the next decade.

    Normalized CO2e Emissions

    Normalized CO2e Emissions: Emissions are normalized on a per-square foot basis.  This is among the most important sustainability metrics, and takes growth and contraction of the University into account. The red arrow indicates a continued increase in emissions based on our trend over the past decade, while the blue line represents current commitment over the coming decade.

    Total Carbon Impact

    Portfolio Carbon Impact: Total carbon emissions released as a result of energy consumed by each building on campus.


    Carbon Emissions Metrics FAQ’s:

    1. Units of Measurement
    2. Why it’s Important
    3. How we’ll Achieve our Goals

    Normalized CO2e

    1. f-yr
    2. CO2e is a measure of carbon emissions on a per-square foot basis.  It’s the best measure of our carbon emissions and takes into account the University’s growth or contraction in the future.
    3. More efficient heating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting upgrades, improved maintenance procedures, tighter building envelopes[1] , human behavior, and conversions in our heating systems from oil to natural gas.

    Total CO2e

    1. Metric tons
    2. A measure of the University’s total carbon impact.
    3. Similar to how we achieve our normalized CO2e goals, but our progress on this goal also is impacted by any addition or reduction to the total number of buildings that make up The New School’s campus.

      Emissions KPI


    Outlook Analysis:

    1. CO2e reductions this year are in part due to fluctuations in weather: weather-adjusted values are closer to a 2% reduction.  This reflects the continued need for vigilance in reducing electricity consumption.
    2. While total CO2 reductions are on target, total CO2 is in large part tied to overall campus size.   If additional space is gained or lost, total CO2 will rise and fall accordingly.