Campus Sustainability


The Tishman Center is leading The New School in building a culture of sustainability that digs deeper than simply championing the concepts of being green or eco friendly. We are collaborating with departments across the university to minimize the environmental impacts of our campus operations and practices and to foster an understanding of sustainability that fully accounts for social factors like environmental justice and equity in addition to environmental and economic concerns. The Tishman Center is a collaborative space that brings together stakeholders from a variety of disciplines, schools, and populations. It also serves as a communication bridge between the university’s operational sustainability efforts and the university community.

In order to build a culture of campus sustainability and to reduce The New School’s environmental footprint and carbon emissions, the university has established the following goals:

  1. Reduce the use of energy in buildings

  2. Decrease consumption of potable water

  3. Reduce waste sent to landfills

  4. Improve Indoor Environmental Quality

  5. Mobilize all 14,000 students, faculty, and staff to become fully-aware, service-oriented climate citizens

  6. Become a resource center for environmental justice issues

  7. Increase awareness of design, policy, and social justice solutions for sustainability and climate issues

To this end, the university has signed on to major initiatives that demonstrate its commitment to fulfilling these sustainability goals:

  1. The NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities

  2. The Second Nature Climate Commitment

  3. The Talloires Declaration

Additional goals, strategies, and plans for additional sustainability advancements are catalogued the following documents:

  1. Tishman Environment and Design Center Strategic Plan

  2. New School Buildings Sustainability Reports: FY2016, FY2017, FY2018

  3. The New School Climate Action Plan


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The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (AASHE STARS) is a comprehensive self-reporting sustainability framework for universities. The New School is an AASHE STARS reporting institution, and has a STARS silver rating.