Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.98
Liaison Tom Goldsmith
Submission Date March 14, 2016
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St. John's University, New York
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Thomas Goldsmith
Director of Environment and Energy Conservation
Facilities Services
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Leadership in the NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities and Hospitals

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

In 2007 SJU signed the NYC Carbon Challenge, a commitment to reduce carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2017. The NYC Carbon Challenge is a well structured, recognized program. SJU accomplishments to date is 24 percent carbon reduction below its 2007 base year. NYC recognized SJU with a full page case study (p.37) in its 2015 NYC Carbon Challenge Handbook for Universities and Hospitals.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

In 2009 SJU implemented a web-based utility tracking system to track all of its 220 utility accounts. In 2010 SJU began monitoring 9 buildings energy consumption on Building Dashboard by Lucid Design. Then, in 2015 SJU increased its Building Dashboard to 27 buildings on its main campus. Between 2010 and 2015 SJU implemented 45 energy conservation measures valued at $25 million. Along with energy efficient upgrades, SJU continues to focus on energy efficient operations.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

Since 2017 St. John's University has been and continues to be a leader in the NYC Carbon Challenge for Universities and Hospitals.

SJU thanks the NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability for its leadership on fighting global climate change.

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