Berkeley College Releases NYC Climate Action Plan

Berkeley College has released a Climate Action Plan for its New York City properties as part of the Mayor's Carbon Challenge (formerly known as the NYC Mayoral Challenge), an initiative sponsored by the NYC Mayor's Office to reduce participating colleges' and universities' greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent over 10 years. In 2008, Berkeley College joined with other colleges and universities in New York City, including Columbia University, Fordham University, Fashion Institute of Technology, School of Visual Arts, Rockefeller University, City University of New York, Cooper Union, and others to become part of the Mayor's Carbon Challenge.

The Climate Action Plan provides an overview of Berkeley's facilities and energy usage, an inventory of its annual greenhouse gas emissions, highlights of actions and projects that have been implemented, and an outline of its strategy to meet the 30 percent emissions reduction goal by 2018.

The Mayor's Carbon Challenge provided a tool to colleges and universities that is designed to help them measure and report their greenhouse gas footprints. Calculations for each of the four buildings that Berkeley College has owned or operated in New York City since 2007 have been determined for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Based on these measurements, so far Berkeley College has lowered its overall carbon footprint more than 16 percent.