Campus Sustainability Plans were designed around seven key pillars to develop strategies and actionable steps to help the college campuses become more sustainable: Energy, Water, Transportation, Procurement, Recycling, Sustainable Education and Outreach, and Sustainable Nutrition. The Campus Sustainability Plans additionally serve as climate ‘action’ plans as they identified over 800 actions, with projects completed or well under way. By implementing these actions, CUNY aims to become more energy efficient, reduce energy usage, institutionalize energy awareness that addresses the behavioral changes of students and faculty, and subsequently reduce GHG emissions that can improve our environment. Further, when CUNY’s 13 Senior colleges were given control of their energy budgets in 2012, the plans helped serve as a blueprint for Sustainable CUNY Conserves.
Figure 1 Over 820 Actions Identified in the Key Pillars