Sustainability on Campus

Sustainability at NYUAD is driven by the passionate and visionary people who collectively take action to ensure a greener future.

From collaborating to make NYUAD community more environmentally and socially conscious, to mobilizing students and staff to implement sustainable change, NYU fosters a culture of sustainability that is inclusive and forward-thinking.

Student Organizations

There are many ways to get involved in sustainability outside of the classroom. Explore student interest groups and find your community.

Transportation and Travel

The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. In NYUAD, the Office of Sustainability will work towards reducing our community's overall transportation footprint through encouraging bicycling among NYUAD community members and reducing NYUAD-sponsored air travel when lower-carbon options are feasible.

NYUAD Biking

Bicycling can be a convenient, healthy, and sustainable way for many people to get around Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Island. The NYUAD BikeShare program allows you to borrow bikes and explore in a fun, eco-friendly way. Read more on the student portal (login required).

Air Travel

NYUAD faculty and staff considering traveling on University business, should determine first if the benefits of the trip justify the time, expense, and environmental impact. Could teleconferencing meet the same goals? If yes, attend via teleconference. Maybe a local subset of attendees can teleconference together. If not, consider how to avoid future trips by consolidating travel or meetings into one trip

Travel Less

Reduce travel by prioritizing cost-effective and low-carbon alternatives such as video conferencing or carpooling, and taking the bus.

Green Your Commute

Choose the lowest-carbon option when possible (walk, bike, bus).

Plastic Bags

NYUAD has completely phased out plastic bags from campus stores and restaurants. Community members are encouraged to bring reusable bags when shopping.

Bottled Water 

Effective February 2017, NYUAD began phasing out the sale of 500 ml water bottles on campus.

In addition, as of March 2020, the water dispensers along with 5 gallon plastic water jugs were removed from campus. NYUAD has since made the decision to continue being a water jug-free university for continued health safety, cost-saving, and accelerating the sustainability efforts on campus.

Water remains available from the sink faucets. The water on campus is safe to drink as it arrives treated by the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), undergoes a second treatment, and gets tested on a regular basis by the Facilities team. The campus water has been proven safe to be utilized by the Abu Dhabi Agriculture Food Safety Authority as well.