Cornell, one of the universities competing for space on Roosevelt Island to build a new science graduate school plans on installing four acres of solar panels, 500 geothermal wells, and self-sustaining buildings that generate as much power as they consume.
Another top contender in the competition is Stanford. The proposal includes a plan to recycle and clean water, creating marshes that reuse rain, runoff water, and sinks.
Finally, Columbia’s possible graduate school would take extra steps during constuction to minimize pollution during the process by recycling more than 90 percent of the materials from the demolition process.
While we may not have a winner among competitors, it’s clear that the ultimate winner is the environment.