Green Building & Landscaping

The description below outlines Pace policies, procedures, and practices in the areas of green building and landscaping. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
All Campuses
  • Furniture and office equipment is internally recycled. Before purchasing new furniture or office equipment for a department, Pace personnel must first check with facilities (DoIT for computers and equipment) for possible in-house items. Pace University stores used items which can be reallocated throughout its campuses. If the furniture needed is not in stock, reconditioned (recycled) furniture may be purchased.
  • Low-VOC Green Seal certified paints used university-wide.
  • Carpet replacement with only Green certified products.
  • Cleaning with Green-Seal certified products.
  • Cleaning equipment to meet Green (CRI approved) standards wherever possible.
  • Green Certified foam hand soap.
  • Toilet tissue that is EPA approved.
  • Low VOC carpet adhesive is used university-wide.
  • During the winter months, Pace uses a sand/calcium mix on roadways.
  • Pace strives to use native plants and grasses on campus. These plants require little or no watering and are tolerant of the local climate.
  • Turf areas of the campuses are not normally fertilized, except for the athletic fields or targeted problem areas.
  • With the exception of the athletic fields, all grass clippings are mulched and returned to the turf areas.
  • Scheduling programs are optimized on all campuses to run mechanical equipment and lighting only when needed.
  • Control strategies for mechanical systems are continuously optimized on all campuses to operate as efficiently as possible.
  • During the summer of 2008, laundry facilities were updated with front loading, EnergyStar rated washing machines which use less energy, and also 14 gallons less of water, per load, than the previous machines. High efficiency dryers were also installed. With the new installations, and service by the Mac-Gray Corporation, students can check the status of their laundry online. Reports of usage will also be made available to Pace's Energy Manager so that usage is documented and recommendations for increasing efficiency and decreasing costs can be made.
Buildings and Grounds cover a lot of territory in the University. Not only is it important to continually improve the practices in terms of maintenance and equipment, it is also important to work to improve and enhance the natural environment around campuses. We live with other living things that share our resources such as clean air, clean water, and habitat so we must take care to preserve its integrity and ability to sustain healthy living.
  • Every year, during April's 'Earth Month' events, Buildings and Grounds help planners plant a new tree on campus.
  • Buildings and Grounds has purchased over 2,000 daffodil bulbs that will be planted on the Pleasantville and Briarcliff Campuses at an event this fall (2008) sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE).
  • Buildings and Grounds has purchased over 2,000 daffodil bulbs that will be planted on the Pleasantville and Briarcliff Campuses at an event this fall (2008) sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE).
  • Single glazed sliding patio doors at New Dorm were replaced with new thermal glazed energy efficient doors.
White Plains Graduate Center
  • The Energy Management System in this facility will be upgraded in the 2009 fiscal year. This will allow much more reliable scheduling and temperature control in the building.


Each year, the NYC Counseling Center collaborates with the Council on the Environment of NYC to help renovate community gardens in neighboring areas. In July 2009, they worked at the GenerationX Garden, located on E. 4th St. between Avenue B and C. This work is done in an effort to promote team building, create a sense of community with neighbors and to honor the departments Green Team's mission.


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