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SUSTAINABILITY

REPORT2017 Erik Eibert

Asst. Director Sustainable Initiatives


Table of Contents

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Forward

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Executive Summary

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Roadmap Committment

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Energy

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Water

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Waste

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Materials & Building Operations

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FY2018 Projects

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Appendix

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FORWARD

Thinking in ways that promote sustainability is fundamental to The New School’s philosophy, and we each play an important role, on campus and beyond. This emphasis is evident in our curriculum, our commitments and notably, in our buildings. We have made significant infrastructure investments to support this mission. The University Center uses a cogeneration plant to make electricity and hot water, an ice storage system to balance air-conditioning loads, and a CO2monitoring system that helps optimize ventilation and energy. These features and many projects underway across campus are helping us to minimize the carbon emissions largely responsible for climate change. We’re integrating university talent and working with the Tishman Center to develop ways to reduce our footprint and carry the mission of global environmental responsibility beyond New York.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Buildings Department’s sustainability initiatives focus on the efficient design and operation of spaces on campus to reduce energy consumption and the resulting carbon emissions. This year, in partnership with the IT department, we installed new software to save energy on some 3,000 computers across campus. New mechanical control systems and weatherization initiatives are improving energy performance and comfort, and we’ve revamped our waste signs to make separation at the receptacle clearer. The Loeb Hall dormitory was renovated with efficient water fixtures and auto-dimming lights. A group of facilities staff recently completed sustainability-focused operations courses in order to improve their knowledge — highlighting the critical role that people play in the environmental equation.

2017 Progress over baseline-2015*

10.1%

7.7%

2.0%

2.8%

reduction in on-site energy use

reduction in C02 emmisions

reduction in water consumption

improvement in waste diversion

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LONG-TERM STRATEGIES

1 Heating & Cooling Ventilation Cleaner heating fuels Chiller replacements

2 Lighting & Controls

3

LED upgrades Sensors Daylighting

Weatherization Insulation Windows Sealing

4 System Optimization

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Energy audits Equipment commissioning Building policies

Sustainable Materials & Waste Healthier materials Waste management Recycling

6 Water Efficiency Metering systems High-efficiency fixtures Behavior

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ROAD M AP COM M I T M E NT S The New School updated its pledge to the NYC Carbon Challenge to reduce carbon emissions by 40% between calendar years 2014 and 2030. This long-term commitment serves to align and structure many of our other short-term goals. Involvement in the challenge helps track our progress over time, and facilitates the transfer of ideas among partner schools in the area. The New School is also committed to becoming fully carbon-neutral by 2040- a goal set forth in 2006 when signing the Second Nature Carbon Commitment.


HIGHLIGHTS Primary Goal

To meet our CO2 emissions targets

Commitments

NYC Carbon Challenge The New School remains on-track to meet the NYC Carbon Challenge goal, among others

NYS REV Campus Challenge The New School remains active after joining at the level of Achiever in 2016

Second Nature Commitment to carbon-neutrality by 2040

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CURRENT COMMITMENTS

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Internal Sustainability Goals In addition to carbon emissions goals, Buildings maintains a range of annual energy targets required to meet our CO2 goals. We also track additional sustainability metrics, updated annually in this report and on our Sustainability Dashboard.

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NYC Carbon Challenge

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NYS REV Campus Challenge

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Second Nature Commitment

As part of the NYC Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, The New School pledged to reduce CO2 emissions by 40%- from 21.3 lb/sq.ft. in calendar year 2014, to 12.8 lb/sq.ft. in 2030 (a rate of approximately 3% reduction per year).

The New York State REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) Campus Challenge promotes clean energy efforts by recognizing and supporting colleges and universities that implement clean energy projects and principles on campus, in the classroom, and in surrounding communities. The New School joined at the level of Achiever in 2016.

The Second Nature Commitment (originally named the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment) commits institutions of higher learning to set a goal of climate neutrality and to prepare students to develop solutions for a just, healthy, and sustainable society. In 2008, The New School signed the ACUPCC, committing to achieve carbon neutrality by year 2040.

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NYC Carbon Challenge

(in metric tons/sq. ft.) NYC Carbon Challenge

(in metric tons/sq. ft.) 30

CO2 Emissions

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2006-2014 Trend Projection

17.7 17.7

20

18.7 19.2 17.0

29.0

21.3

22.0

19.6 20.4

18.0

21.3 20.7

20.0

18.3

15 12.8 10

Pledged Reduction

5

CY ´06´07 ´08 ´09 ´10

´11

´12

´13

´14

´15

´16

´17

´30

CO2 Emissions on a per-square foot basis are not weather-adjusted, and are calculated on a calendar-year basis for synchrony with the NYC Mayor’s Challenge. The New School pledged to reduce emissions 40% by 2030, as compared with 2014.

total co2e Emissions

Total CO2e Emissions (in metric tons) (in metric tons) 20K

CO2 Emissions

2006-2014 Trend Projection

18.7K

13.6K 13.6K 12.8K 12.3K 11.4K 10.1K

15K 10.9K

8.2K 10K 8.2K 7.9K

9.1K 9.1K 8.8K

8.1K

8.0K

Pledged Reduction

5K

CY ´06´07 ´08 ´09 ´10

´11

´12

´13

´14

´15

´16

´17

´30

Total historical emissions since 2006 at The New School, and our goal to reduce emissions 40% by 2030.

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Current V.s. projected: co2e emissions (in metric tons)

Electricity

Natural Gas

Steam

#2 Oil

FY 2015 | 8,381

2,363

FY 2016 | 8,424

2,092

FY 2017 | 8,080

1,882

#4 Oil 481 1,700 481 1,480

481 1,469

279 333

296

333

Carbon Emissions by source* (in metric tons)

A 15-year outlook on The New School’s CO2 reduction commitment, and anticipated change in portfolio profile. Oil will be replaced by cleaner natural gas and thus gas consumption will increase over time. Large reduction in electricity consumption are required.

FY 2030 | 5,300

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300

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Emissions Projections

PROJECTED EMISSIONS CY2030

29.0

Behavior Change Operations & Maintenance

n

Conveying Systems

o je c

Distribution System Domestic Hot Water Energy Management System

p

21.3

REDUCTION FROM PROJECTED EMISSIONS

Data Centers & Server Rooms

r

EMISSIONS CY2014

t

io

Cooling System

▼ 56%

Envelope Fuel Switching Heating System

Lighting

Motors Process & Plug Loads

Renewable Energy Credits

GOAL CY2030 EMISSIONS

12.8

▼ 40%

REDUCTION FROM 2014

A roadmap: 40% Carbon reduction by 2030. The 2030 projection is based on a linear regression of recent data between 2006 and 2014.

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Progress Toward Data of Various*Phases Goals FY2015 (Baseline)

Data of Various Phases FY2015 (Baseline) FY2016 FY2017 Goal 2017 Goal 5-Year GoalOutlook 10-Year Rating

Outlook Rating Positive outlook, goals met Neutral assessment Additional progress required

Positive outlook, goals met Neutral assessment Additional progress required

FY2016 FY2017 Goal 2017 Goal 5-Year Goal 10-Year

C02 EMISSIONS

TOTAL C02 EMISSIONS

(in lb/sf-yr)

(in metric tons) 21.3

13,204

20.7

12,810

19.7 ★★★ ▼ ▼ ▼

12,207 ★★★

6%

15%

30%

CO2 Emissions per square-foot: reduced 4.7% this fiscal year, and 7.7% in total over baseline.

▼ ▼

6%

15%

30%

Total CO2 emissions: Also reduced by the same amount as above, however, continued reductions also depend on the proportional square footage of the campus.

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ENERG Y 2017 was a successful year for reducing energy and the resulting carbon emissions as the cumulative impact of ongoing initiatives takes effect. Energy targets have been met or surpassed, however, much progress remains- in particular on the electricity front. Over the coming decade, improvements in energy consumption will become increasingly difficult, and the creativity of efforts and a shift toward renewable options will need to be amplified.


HIGHLIGHTS * Primary Goal

Support CO2 goals with energy-reduction targets

Progress over baseline-2015

10.1% reduction in on-site energy

7.0% reduction in total indirect energy

7.7% reduction in CO2 emissions

Year over year progress

100% electricity offset by the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC’s)

4.1% reduction in electricity

10.1% reduction in natural gas

2.6% reduction in oil use

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PROJECTS COMPLETED

1

Computer Shut-Down Software

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High-Efficiency LED Lighting & Controls

3

Window Film

4

Boiler Control Systems

5

Sustainability Dashboard & Live Data

Software was implemented on some 3,000 computers to better synchronize operational hours with actual activity. This initiative is expected to save 3% of total campus electricity.

All-new LED lighting and occupancy controls were completed in Johnson/Kaplan Hall, Loeb Hall, 151 Bank St., 25E 13th St, the Welcome Center and in the Sheila Johnson Design Center galleries. Many projects experienced large drops in electricity consumption.

Energy-saving low-emissivity film was installed on all windows in Arnhold Hall. Films help reduce heat transfer between the interior and exterior of the building, and reduce both heating and cooling loads.

Several improvements were made to tune the operation and efficiency of boilers in the Sheila Johnson Design Center, Arnhold Hall, and Welcome Center. Adjusting for weather, heating fuel was reduced by 5%, 8%, and 4% respectively in those locations.

The Sustainability Dashboard added new features, including a new tile allowing anyone affiliated with The New School to access real-time campus energy and water data. In The University Center, users can explore data down to the system or individual room level. Metering infrastructure is expanding throughout the campus to improve the scope and granularity of information available.

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Energy Consumption* (by source)

FY2017 Energy consumption (by source)

ELECTRICITY 50%

#2 OIL 15%

NATURAL GAS 27%

STEAM 5%

#4 OIL 3%

The New School’s energy sources include: oil and steam for heat, natural gas for heat and cogeneration, and electricity. Electricity makes up the largest portion of total energy use.

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Portfolio Energy Impact*

This chart describes energy consumption by building. The size of each building (square footage) is represented by the size of each bubble. The y-axis (Site Energy Use Intensity) represents building energy consumption per square foot. The x-axis (Source Energy Use Intensity) represents the total energy used to produce and transport energy to the building, per square foot. University Center is the only campus building open 24hrs a day, making it one of the most efficient, on a per-hour of operation basis.

Porfolio Energy Impact Y: Site Energy Use Intensity (kBtu/sf-yr) 135 E. 12th St.

120

318 E. 15th St.

365K

University Center 55 W. 13th St.

66 W. 12th St./ 65 W. 11th St.

100

300 W. 20th St. 21 W 11th St.

25 E. 13th St.

71 5th Ave.

72 5th Ave. 79 5th Ave.

80

2 W. 13th St. & 66 5th Ave.

113 University Place 80 5th Ave.

118 W. 13th St. 64 W. 11th St. 151 Bank St. 60 Square Feet 500K

200K

40

50K 5K

68 5th Ave. 20

X: Source Energy Use Intensity (kBtu/sf-yr) 0

80

160

240

320

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University Center

42,334K 2 W 13th/66 5th Ave

14,837K 55 W 13th St

13,016K

Electricity

Natural Gas

#2 & #4 Oil

Steam

66 w 12th st/65 w 11th st

12,680K 318 E 15th St

11,044K 79 5th

9,433K 135 E 12th St (Loeb)

6,279K 25 E 13th St

5,881K 300 W 20th St

4,315K 72 Fifth Ave

3,716K 80 5th Ave

2,428K 118 W 13th St

2,330K 151 Bank St

867K 71 5th Ave

Total Lifecycle Energy Consumption* (by building, in kBtus/year)

810K 64 W 11th St

658K 21 W 11th St

356K 113 University Place

272K 68 Fifth Ave

267K

This chart describes total energy consumption in each building by the type of energy.

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Progress Toward Goals*

ELECTRICITY

Data of Various Phases FY2015 (Baseline) FY2016 FY2017 Goal 2017 Goal 5-Year Goal 10-Year

Outlook Rating Positive outlook, goals met Neutral assessment Additional progress required

NATURAL GAS

(in kWh)

(in therms) 19,826,970 19,928,526

393,619

19,115,438 ★★

354,031 ★★★

▼ ▼ ▼

444,583

6%

6%

15%

15%

25%

0%

The 4.1% reduction over the past year is the result of various energy projects and improvements. Additional progress is required to stay on-track.

Consumption has been reduced ahead of schedule due to several operational changes. This trend is likely to reverse in the long-term as buildings convert from oil to gas heat.

OIL #2 & #4

STEAM

(in gallons)

(in Mlbs)

5,556

190,899

5,556

174,412

5,556 ★★

169,916 ★★★ ▼ ▼

15%

100%

6%

6%

▼ ▼ ▼

15%

25%

Reductions have been significant and are likely to continue as a result of ongoing projects.

Assumed constant due to Con Edison steam-meter inconsistencies. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

ON-SITE ENERGY USE

TOTAL INDIRECT ENERGY USE

(in kBtu/sf-yr)

(in kBtu/sf-yr)

215.3

106.6

210.5

101.5

200.6 ★★★

96.1 ★★★ ▼ ▼ ▼

6%

15%

30%

Reduced by 5.3% this year as a result of reductions in natural gas, oil, and electricity consumption.

▼ ▼

6%

15%

30%

Reduced by 4.7% in 2017 due to reductions in natural gas, oil, and electricity consumption.

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WAT ER The New School consumed 40 million gallons of water in FY2017. We’re making strides in reducing this through outreach campaigns, more efficient water fixtures, and monitoring systems on mechanical systems. Water use is interrelated with other building systems- for example, higher air conditioning loads consume water through building chiller systems, and the use of hot water also uses energy to heat water.


HIGHLIGHTS Primary Goal

20%* reduction in water consumption over the coming 10 years

Achievements

2.0%*

over our 2015 baseline reduction in water consumption

Facts

Residence Halls use substantially more water than other spaces on campus

Real-Time Data of water usage of the University Center is now available online

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ACTIONS COMPLETED

1

High-Efficiency Fixture Installation at Loeb Hall More than 70 residence halls restrooms were outfitted with new high-efficiency water fixtures, including low-flow water closets and faucets.

2

Water Metering Water metering infrastructure was installed in several locations- both at the building and mechanical equipment level. Systems such as cooling towers and boilers can be water-intensive. For FY2018, we aim to expand this infrastructure to include all other buildings.

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Awareness Campaigns Working with the Tishman Center, we generated new water & energysaving literature, coordinated with residence hall RA’s and held focus groups to help raise water and energy-efficiency awareness.

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Water Consumption Trend & Goal*

The New School’s goal is to reduce total water consumption by 20% over the coming decade.

(in gallons)

Water Consumption Trend & Goal (in gallons) 41,309,360

42,077,946

40,471,459 33,047,488

20

%

2015 Baseline

2016

2017

Progress Toward Goals*

2025 Goal

Data of Various Phases FY2015 (Baseline) FY2016 FY2017 Goal 2017 Goal 5-Year Goal 10-Year

Outlook Rating Positive outlook, goals met, further progress likely Neutral assessment Additional progress required to stay on track

WATER (in gallons)

41,309,360 42,077,946 40,471,459 ★★ ▼ ▼ ▼

Reduced 3.8% this past year. Progress is the result of reduced use in locations such as Johnson/ Kaplan Hall, and Loeb Hall, both sites of recent efficiency retrofits.

2%

5%

10%

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WA S T E The production of waste is a critical way that The New School’s operations intersect with the environment. Waste not only creates the need to dispose of the obvious material, it also implies impact in the sourcing of raw materials to create those products. In FY2017, The New School produced 2.9 million pounds of waste, slightly more than half of which was sent to a landfill. While progress is being made to reduce total waste and increase the proportion we recycle, much work remains in targeting NYC’s goal of zero-waste to landfills by 2030.


HIGHLIGHTS Primary Goal

10% over the next 10 years percentage to improve our diversion rate

Achievements

Redesigned Waste Signage makes separation at the receptacle clearer and simpler

NYC Zero Waste Challenge The New School has been a continued participant and suppporter of the NYC Sustainability’s efforts toward zero waste

1% improvement in the diversion rate in FY2017, however, total waste production increased

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ACTIONS COMPLETED

1

Waste Signage Redesign A waste signage overhaul was completed and rolled out across campus. This includes several new formats, including stickers and easy-to-read graphical signs. By improving the clarity of messaging we aim to improve the proper separation of waste at the receptacle and reduce waste.

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End of Year Materials Reuse Drive The Tishman Center spearheaded the Good as New initiative to save materials typically thrown out during dormitory move-outs, and redistribute those materials to students in need the following year.

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Waste stream Waste Stream (by type)

LANDFILLED 52%

COMPOST

8%

RECYCLED MATERIAL 40%

E-WASTE

1%

The percentage of waste that The New School diverts from landfills (our diversion rate), currently sits at approximately 48%.

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Progress Toward Goals

Data of Various Phases FY2015 (Baseline) FY2016 FY2017 Goal 2017 Goal 5-Year Goal 10-Year

WASTE DIVERSION RATE (in %)

45.1% 47.2% 47.9% ★★ ▲

2.8% ▲

Outlook Rating Positive outlook, goals met Neutral assessment Additional progress required

Waste diversion efforts were improved through new messaging and outreach campaigns, however, waste diversion is ultimately a community-behavior responsibility. Further awareness and activism is required to achieve our goal of a 10% improvement. Additional progress is needed in gathering high-quality data to support the tracking of this goal.

5% ▲

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M ATER IAL S & B UILDING O P ER ATION S Building operations are intertwined with the living, working, and learning spaces that The New School provides. By advancing our standards, incorporating thoughtful applications of more sustainable materials, and educating our staff, we can create more environmentally-friendly spaces that are better to work in.


HIGHLIGHTS Primary Goal

Achievements

To operate campus buildings in a sustainable manner and set an example by creating healthy learning environments

Annual Training through USGBC for facilities staff to improve their energy-efficiency awareness and skills

Unversity Center

16% the University Center building makes use of recycled materials

80% the University Center building makes use of FSC-certified wood

Policy Review green cleaning and building materials policies are being reassessed for improvements and updates

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ACTIONS COMPLETED

1

2

Energy Audits and Retrocommissioning

Materials

Two buildings fully complied with NYC Local Law 87, which requires that buildings greater than 50k square feet complete an energy audit and mechanical system commissioning. This process led to multiple improvements and sustainability ideas for the future. Arnhold and Loeb Hall began the process of compliance, and will be completed in FY2018.

In coordination with the Healthy Materials Lab, building product standards are being reassessed, with the goal of increasing the use of more sustainable, durable products throughout our spaces.

3

4

Continuous Commissioning & Optimization

Staff Training

Buildings are in constant motion, and systems can always be improved. This year’s focus was on fine-tuning the operational strategy used for the University Center’s CoGeneration and Ice Storage systems. Reductions in natural gas and electricity consumption at the UC reflect these changes.

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The New School hosted annual energy and sustainability training for maintenance staff. This year’s courses were focused on mechanical and electrical systems and followed the USGBC’s GPRO curriculum.

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FY2018 PROJECTS

ENERGY Natural Gas Infrastructure Converting from oil to natural gas-fired boilers will save 28% of associated CO2 emissions.

CoGeneration Plant Tuning For enhanced heat-recovery and reduced emissions.

New Chiller at Arnhold Hall Improve efficiency in the most electricity-intensive building on campus.

WATER Metering Expansion and Continued Water Efficiency Reduce water consumption through high-efficiency fixtures to be installed at Parsons East and expanded real-time metering.

WASTE Awareness Campaign Improve separation awareness and explore recycling opportunities.

MATERIALS & BUILDING OPERATIONS Continuous Commissioning To be completed at Arnhold and Loeb Hall.

Revised Materials Standards Incorporate new green building guidelines and policies.

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APPEND IX

RAW & WEATHER-ADJUSTED DATA FY2017 vs 2016 FY2017 vs 2015 FY2016 vs 2015 FY2017 FY2016 FY2015


Lifecycle energyEnergy consumption FY2017 Lifecycle Consumption (by source)

318 E 15th St.

79 Fifth Ave.

University Center

118 W 13th St.

135 E 12th St.

151 Bank St.

Steam 71 Fifth Ave.

25 E 13th St.

64 W 11th St.

68 Fifth Ave.

80 Fifth Ave.

#2 Oil & #4 Oil

113 Univ. Pl.

72 Fifth Ave.

Natural Gas

21 W 11th St.

Electricity

(by source)

300 W 20th st.

66 W 12th St./65 W 11th St.

55 w 13th St.

2 W 13th St. & 66 5th Ave.

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waste production FY2017 waste production (by type)

Landfill

(by type)

Recyled Material

Compost

66 W 12th St./65 W 11th St.

University Center

135 E 12th St.

25 E 13th ST.

2 W 13th St. & 66 5th Ave.

118 W 13th St.

300 W 20th St.

151 Bank St.

318 E 15th St.

71 5th Ave.

72 Fifth Ave.

64 W 11th St.

113 Univ. Pl. 68 Fifth Ave.

80 Fifth Ave.

79 Fifth Ave.

55 W 13th St.

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Water consumption water consumption (in gallons)

(in gallons)

13,324,473 University center

5,006,082 318 E 15th Street

3,470,214 135 E 12th Street

3,414,407 66 W 12th St / 65 W 11th St

3,403,639 79 Fifth Avenue

2,384,856 300 W 20th Street

2,181,817 2 w 13th Street & 66 5th Ave

1,881,220 55 West 13th Street

1,193,808 118 W 13th Street

1,065,068 25 e 13th Street

873,545 80 Fifth Avenue

819,040 72 Fifth Avenue

366,302 151 Bank Street

229,362 71 Fifth Avenue

221,286 68 Fifth Avenue

184,022 64 w 11th Street

105,391 113 University Place

96,888 21 W 11th Street

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ERIK EIBERT PE, LEED AP Assistant Director, Sustainable Initiatives eiberte@ newschool.edu Buildings Sustainability Tishman Environment & Design Center

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