School of Visual Arts

Exercising sustainability in the arts.

Universities play a unique roll in paving the way for others by exploring a variety of opportunities to reduce their energy use through energy efficiency and converting to cleaner energy sources. With GreenerU’s help, New York’s School of Visual Arts is taking that challenge and running with it.

School of Visual Arts's sustainability goal:

Reducing carbon by 50% by 2025

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In 2015, School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City issued a request for proposals to perform an energy audit to identify energy-efficiency projects on campus. SVA sought to increase campus efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease costs, and update its infrastructure. This initiative was, in part, due to SVA becoming a signatory of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Carbon Challenge, with an aggressive goal of reducing carbon by 50% by 2025.

GreenerU won its bid for work at School of Visual Arts in 2016. It first performed ASHRAE Levels 1 and 3 audits, then worked with SVA’s President David Rhodes and his facilities staff to put together an execution plan on a variety of measures. Currently, GreenerU is replacing old HVAC systems in one of SVA’s buildings with new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.