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Students at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study are leaders in environmental action and awareness. Gallatin students were the first to create a sustainability task force at NYU and their efforts resulted in a LEED Gold-certified building for Gallatin. A Gallatin alumnus led NYU’s first Office of Sustainability—the group that created our campus cogeneration power plant, planted green roofs on academic buildings, supported investment in wind power, and developed innovative and effective recycling, composting, and bike-sharing programs for the entire New York City academic hub.

The Gallatin School offers a wide array of academic courses, symposia, grants, and a dedicated fund, the Horn Family Environmental Studies Resource Fund, to support sustainability and educational programs and projects surrounding it. Recent Gallatin courses focusing on sustainability include “Good Design: Scale,” “A Sense of Place,” “Mapping as a Spatial, Political, and Environmental Practice,” “Ecology and Environmental Thought,” “Green Design from Geddes to Gore,” “History of Environmental Sciences before Darwin,” and “Trash Matters: Exploring Development, Environment, and Culture through Garbage.”

Gallatin regularly hosts academic symposia and conferences focused on sustainability, including an international gathering in Paris in March 2017 that involved leading interdisciplinary scholars from Israel, Spain, France, Germany, the UK, and the US. The School is committed to promoting creativity and innovation in its unique entrepreneurial approach to education and treats climate change and sustainability as a core element of its overall intellectual project.


The ability of students to chart their own courses of study and the variety of faculty who support this has led to an explosion of green courses, concentrations, and projects at Gallatin.

From our campus-wide recycling program to research on the history of ecological design, environmental action is an important part of Gallatin and NYU.