YU’s 2011 Green Report Card Shows Continued Progress
For the fourth year in a row Yeshiva University’s College Sustainability Report Card continues to show considerable improvement, according to the Sustainability Endowments Institute (SEI). In its annual publication, released on October 27 on SEI’s Web site, the Institute awarded YU A’s in the categories of student involvement, transportation and investment priorities, and a B overall. In all, YU received grade increases in three of nine categories, including green building, endowment transparency and investment priorities.
Jack Zencheck, chief procurement officer at YU, attributed the University’s recent progress to the efforts of the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Sustainability Advisory Committee, made up of faculty, staff and students throughout the University. “They have implemented many positive programs aimed at reducing our carbon footprint.”
Zencheck noted that additional green initiatives are in the works. “This fall we began our first Eco Rep Program, educating students about sustainability and how to reach out to their fellow students. In the near future we also plan to begin piloting a green office rating system to encourage environmentally friendly behaviors in the workplace.”
Many of the projects stem from YU’s first-ever Climate Action Plan, published in May, outlining the University’s commitment to sustainability with a list of initiatives to lower green house gas emissions, setting 2050 as a long-term goal for climate neutrality. The plan’s initial goal calls for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Zencheck asked students and employees to get involved by recycling and participating in the upcoming the Recyclemania competition this January. “We also encourage everyone to take the Sustainability Pledge and show your commitment to a greener Yeshiva University.”
To learn more about sustainability at YU and to get involved visit www.yu.edu/sustainability.