As an institution of higher learning we have a responsibility to lead by example, in developing a sustainable way of life. By embracing sustainability, the University furthers its mission to:
- Advance the community's awareness and understanding about sustainability.
- Promote sustainable behavior through education for students, faculty, and staff.
- Instill in university constituents a thorough understanding of the concepts of sustainability and possess a sense of responsibility for the future.
- Promote awareness and involvement of government, foundations and industry in addressing the need to move toward an environmentally sustainable future.
- Encourage local communities to live and grow sustainably.
Environmentally Preferable Procurement Policy
As part of a greater commitment to sustainability, Yeshiva University has established an Environmentally Preferable Procurement (EPP) Policy. The goal of this policy is to make Yeshiva University and surrounding communities healthier and more environmentally friendly places.
Energy Conservation Policy
Yeshiva University spends nearly $20 million annual on energy and utilities each year. The largest component is the electricity bill at about $12 million. Additionally, 80% of Yeshiva University's Greenhouse Gas Emissions coming from on campus energy usage. Thus energy conservation and efficiency can be highly effective in reducing the University's operational costs as well as its overarching impacts on the environment. Contained in this policy are procedures, responsibilities, exemptions and requirements for reducing energy consumption university-wide.