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Decarbonize NYU is a subcampaign of NYU Divest working to align NYU’s climate mitigation initiatives with the imperatives of Climate and Environmental Justice, and to extend NYU’s ambition beyond emissions reductions towards the just transition to 100% renewable energy.

The President and the Vice President of Sustainability at NYU are currently thinking about how to make NYU a green urban university over the coming years. NYU Does not currently have a climate action plan in effect. This offers us the opportunity as a university community to ensure NYU’s response to climate change reflects a just, ambitious, and science-based vision of climate mitigation.

Our Resolution for Decarbonization just passed NYU's University Senate. You can join us to make sure our vision becomes NYU policy this year!

How you can support, join us, and receive updates:

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Our plan, our history, and the movement we form part of are on display at Kimmel Windows. We are proud to stand alongside our heroes GOLES, LESReady, and NYDIS in this space. Come visit the street-facing exhibition at the corner of Laguardia and West 3rd.


Earthmatters at NYU

EarthMatters is NYU's oldest student run environmental organization on campus.

“As an environmental advocacy group we are committed to making NYU a more sustainable and environmentally responsible institution. NYU Divest's Decarbonize campaign aligns with these goals and we are proud to endorse its mission to make NYU 100% renewable.”

GCOMMS (Governance Council of Minority and Marginalized Students) at NYU

GCOMMS is a Governance Council made up of organizations on NYU's campus that are of minority and marginalized communities.

“GCOMMS at NYU proudly and unreservedly endorses NYU Divest's "Decarbonize NYU" plan. Decarbonization is necessary for the continued survival of Earth and its occupants. Climate change is not a problem whose consequences will be borne only by future generations–it is severely harming communities RIGHT NOW, and its injury has been felt disproportionately by black and brown folks.

In order to facilitate NYU's full transition to 100% renewable energy, NYU Divest put together the "Decarbonize NYU plan." We encourage all of our followers to read it and sign the Decarbonize petition - it is incumbent upon our generation to begin undoing the harm wrought by global warming and man-made climate destabilization.”

The Urban Democracy Lab at NYU

The Urban Democracy Lab promotes critical, creative, just, and sustainable forms of urbanism primarily through novel forms of practice-based research.

“We believe that universities can play a critical civic role in promoting social justice scholarship, curricular activities, public engagement, and programming. At the same time, we believe that truly engaging in the world in this way fundamentally changes how we conceive of what both scholarship and practice can mean. With our dual commitments to justice and sustainability, particularly through our initiative "Democratizing the Green City," we believe it is crucial for organizations like ours to stand behind our students and colleagues in calling for divestment from the fossil fuel industry and decarbonization. Climate change impacts all of us, but is especially pernicious for the most vulnerable among us. While divestment and decarbonization alone will not repair inequality and environmental precarity, they are a step in the right direction.”

IEC (The Incarceration to Education Coalition) at NYU

IEC is a group of community members working to end discrimination against formerly incarcerated college applicants.

“IEC is happy to endorse NYU Divest's "Decarbonize NYU" plan. Ending NYU's reliance on fossil fuels is an incredibly urgent issue - carbon emissions are threatening the short-term survival of thousands of species, including humans. And because black, brown, and otherwise marginalized communities are forced to live in the locations most immediately threatened by climate change, we at IEC view de-carbonizing NYU as a racial justice issue in the same way that ending mass incarceration is.”


GSOC is the union for graduate employees at NYU and it advocates union democracy, mass participation, and social justice values.

“GSOC-UAW Local 2110 is proud to endorse NYU Divest’s “Decarbonize NYU” plan and its work towards a just transition. As the union for graduate employees at NYU, GSOC views its work as part of a larger, intersectional movement for workers’ rights, health, and well-being. No sustainable, equitable economy is possible without addressing the climate crisis, but GSOC believes this must be accomplished through democratic processes and collective accountability, with full recognition of the uneven impacts of climate change and the responsibility of those within powerful institutions to take action. We stand in solidarity with all those working for economic, social, and environmental justice, and all those impacted by NYU’s energy usage and provisioning.”

Animal Welfare Collective at NYU

Animal Welfare Collective is a community of New York University students who care about animals and advocate for their rights.

“The Animal Welfare Collective supports NYU Divest’s efforts to decarbonize NYU based on our shared goal to rid our school of unnecessary emissions. While animal agriculture represents the biggest producer of methane emissions on our planet, carbon emissions create equally devastating damage to our climate and to the natural habitats of animals across the globe.”

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