NYU has officially declared it is in the process of reducing its carbon footprint, with the goal of becoming “climate positive”, meaning its total emissions will be less than zero in 30 years.
The university will achieve this through cleaner energy production, carbon emission offsets and changing the energy use habits of more than 55,000 students, staff and faculty on campus.
Using a barometer that measures greenhouse gas emissions, NYU calculated that it emitted 171,000 metric tons of carbon in 2007. More than 96.5 percent of NYU’s greenhouse emissions come from heating, cooling and powering its buildings. This means the majority of the focus will be based on building energy management.
If powering buildings is the main problem, then the best solution to cutting down carbon emissions is through building automation. NYU has installed motion sensors to lighting control systems to reduce energy, saving the university more than $2 million a year (NYUNews.com).
Since then, the university has also instilled programs such as competition between residence halls to cut energy use.
All newly acquired and renovated buildings on campus will be converted to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard. The LEED rating system assigns Platinum, Gold, Silver or Certified levels to buildings, rewarding them for being environmentally efficient.
In the past 20 years, Advanced Control Corporation has provided access control and automation solutions to several LEED-certified projects and improved energy efficiency in thousands of buildings. Offering building automation systems for energy management, lighting control, air quality control, elevator access control and more, Advanced Control Corporation helps buildings reduce their carbon emissions and make more efficient use of energy.