Sustainability at Pace

With a long standing record of innovative environmental programs, Pace University is committed to sustainable practices. Pace has five campus locations ranging from urban to suburban featuring diverse settings with unique opportunities for modeling campus greening initiatives. Through this website, the individual campuses - New York City, White Plains Law School, White Plains Graduate Center, Pleasantville, and Briarcliff - are united to convey information about Pace's policies, sustainable measures already implemented as well as plans for future initiatives.

Understanding Sustainability and the Role of Higher Education The formal definition of sustainability is to meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of the future. Given the breadth and depth of expertise throughout an institution of higher learning, sustainable considerations should be incorporated into all facets of operations and academics. We have a responsibility to lessen our footprint and negative impact on the environment to the greatest extent feasible. In doing so, we hope to help secure a healthy and productive planet for future generations.

Pace University GreenPace website is maintained by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.


Lights, Watts, Action!

Saving energy and water resources will help lessen our impact on the environment while also cutting overhead costs. Read more.


All About the 3 Rs

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Small steps can equate to big leaps in minimizing waste and impact on the environment. Read more.


Ways to Get Around

Whether you are a resident on campus, or a commuter, available modes of transportation vary. Walk, cycle, drive, ride. There are ways to modify your daily routine to reduce harmful pollution. Read more.



Eating Healthy & Sustainably

Dining Services provides the community with life's sustenance to keep us going each day. Sustainable practices in this area can have significant impacts on our health and environment. Read more.


Reusable, Compostable, Recycled, Paper or Plastic?

Today, there are many options for trading unsustainable products for products that are just as functional but much more ecofriendly. Read more.


Building for a Future

Campus greening can reduce overhead costs for universities while minimizing harmful pollution and material waste. Beautifying campuses and restoring the ecological health of a campus also has many benefits. Read more.


Making a Difference

Staff, students, administrators and faculty are all part of Pace's culture. Learn more about the activities and initiatives that promote awareness, education, and change across Pace's campuses. Read more.



NOW HIRING: Pace University Eco Reps

In fall 2015 at the Pleasantville campus, GreenPace and the Office of Residential Life are launching an exciting new program for student leaders interested in progressing Pace University’s ongoing goal to operate sustainably. Eco Reps are responsible for overseeing the recycling receptacles in their assigned residence halls, as well as educating students and raising awareness about environmental issues.

Applications received before September 4, 2015 will receive primary consideration. This position is paid. Access the full application packet here. For questions, or to submit your application, email Project Coordinator Haylei Peart at

GreenPace Award

Do you know a person, department, organization, or club that deserves to be recognized for helping to make Pace a greener place?

The GreenPace Award recognizes members of the Pace community for ongoing dedication to developing innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. For more information, and to nominate a Pace staff, faculty, student or Pace club, organization or department, go to:

Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility
Since instituting the Pledge at Pace University in 2009, over 3,700 graduating students have taken the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility. The Class of 2015 will be the seventh class to participate in the Pledge.

The Pledge is purely voluntary. By taking the Graduation Pledge, graduates are engaging in a global effort to actively pursue solutions for a sustainable world, one where we aim to meet the needs of today without compromising the needs of the future.  

Pace University is a member of AASHE - the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. AASHE is a membership-based organization of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education. Membership entitles each person on our campuses (faculty, staff, or student) access to an array of online resources and numerous opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development.

All members of the Pace community are encouraged to establish an individual account. Follow this link and create your account. Use your campus email address as your username.

AASHE Bulletin is a free weekly e-newsletter that keeps subscribers up-to-date on the latest news, resources, opportunities, and events related to campus sustainability. Subscribe today!

Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System

Pace University is a charter participant in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program.  Pace's first report submission in August 2011 achieved a Bronze rating. GreenPace will be working to improve our rating for the next report. View Pace’s STARS reportRead press release.