Joining forces, law students from the Environmental Law Society and administrators from the dean’s office, residential services, operations and administrative services, and student affairs are working together to make sustainability an ingrained part of campus life.
“We see our sustainability efforts and conversations as part of an important culture change at the Law School,” says Angela Gius ’10, who, along with Joy Sun ’10 and Maron Greenleaf ’10, were invited to join the NYU Law Sustainability Committee supervised by Lillian Zalta, assistant dean for operations and administrative services.
“We’re hoping to make a ‘green’ lifestyle the norm on campus by ensuring that green habits are easy and accessible, that our facilities—and how we use them—become increasingly energy efficient and waste-free, and that sustainability is a priority in our decisions as individuals and as an institution,” says Gius.
The Law School has already undertaken several significant steps, such as composting waste, improving recycling, reducing energy use, replacing plastics in dining halls, and producing “Green Guides” to educate students, faculty, and staff. Facilities Manager Ken Higgins says the Law School buildings have also been upgraded, switching to lowflow toilets and ditching halogen light bulbs in favor of compact fluorescents.
Ideas flow from all parts of the Law School, says Zalta, who appreciates the passion of the student committee members. “They push the agenda,” she says. “They are extremely committed—you don’t have to ask them for buy in. They’re in.”
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