The Sustainability Committee is comprised of faculty, students, post-docs and administrative staff whose purpose is to initiate changes that lessen Rockefeller’s impact on the environment. Although many changes have already been made to date, the Sustainability Committee is an ongoing initiative which continually explores ways to contribute to sustainable ecological practices.
Other Green Efforts
- Rockefeller is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% over the next 10 years, in line with New York City’s “30 in 10” challenge. This commitment is more aggressive than the PlaNYC goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions citywide by 30% by 2030.
- The university is continually trying to eliminate or reduce the use of ozone-depleting substances, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons and carbon tetrachloride.
- Parking rates will not increase next fiscal year for anyone who has a hybrid vehicle and parks on campus.
- Information Technology provides “green computing” recommendations for computer purchase usage and disposal.
- More than 35 commonly-used items made from recycled materials are available every day from the Store Room.
- Shipping materials are recycled.
- The campus community is given the choice of receiving certain publications in electronic format instead of hardcopy.
- Nearly 50% of the university’s printing is done on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper.