New York City of Technology seeks to be a campus where:
We, the New York City College of Technology community, affirm our commitment to protect and enhance the environment through our learning, research, service and administrative operations. We seek to foster a community that sustains ecological systems and educates for environmental awareness, local action, and global thinking. We seek to incorporate environmental principles and environmentally responsible practices as fundamental and integrated components of all City Tech operations and programs. Our fundamental principles are to:
Our decisions and actions will be guided by the college’s Mission Statement, reflective of the college’s resources, and informed by the college’s Strategic Plan. As a learning institution, we recognize that planning for sustainability will be an evolving practice.
Prior to the commencement of the Sustainable CUNY Program in June 2007, the New York City College of Technology had already implemented some sustainability initiatives on its campus. However, for the most part the college campus, like so many other buildings in New York City and in other urban areas throughout the country, maintained practices which were not sustainable. The building envelope of the existing buildings, including the windows, left much to be desired in terms of energy efficiency. The same may be said for the HVAC systems.
However, just prior to the commencement of the Sustainable CUNY program, the College undertook a window replacement project in the Namm Building which has improved energy efficiency. And in 201* the new central plant was completed.
There used to be some recycling measures on campus but now recycling is going on full-force with recycling of paper, glass and plastic bottles, and electronic waste. Furthermore, the campus has instituted the purchase of paper products with a recycled content and electronic filing and email has diminished the amount of paper used.
The Buildings and Grounds Department has gradually adopted the used of environmentally friendly cleaning products. They have also undertaken a replacement of the light fixtures in the classrooms with more energy efficient lighting and motion sensors.
Even before the start of the Sustainable CUNY Program, the New York City College of Technology had planned to carry out two major projects to diminish the carbon footprint of the campus. The New Academic Building project—an eight story building which is to achieve LEED Silver certification—and the Central Plant project which would install new energy efficient boilers and chillers for the Namm building complex and would also serve the New Academic Building. At present the design of the New Academic Building is in the design development stage and the Central Plant project is already in progress and scheduled to be completed in a year and a half.
Awareness of sustainable practices is of prime importance in achieving the goal. To this end the New York City College of Technology faculty and administration has throughout the past decade incorporated sustainable practices in the curriculum and established Continuing Education programs with a focus on sustainability.
The two major projects listed above—the New Academic Building and the Central Plant—along with the various other projects, including the dissemination of sustainable energy practices through numerous courses and programs—will ensure that the New York City College of Technology campus will be well on its way to meeting and exceeding the goal established by the Sustainable CUNY Program to diminish the carbon footprint by thirty percent within the next ten years.