Think Sustainability! 

Technology affords NYUSPS faculty and students the ability to improve sustainability and avoid waste. Creating and sharing content digitally can help save valuable class time and reduce paper consumption by loading materials on NYU Classes. Adopting tools available through NYU Classes also opens the door to new pedagogical approaches while promoting collaboration, empowering students, and organizational skills that are a benefit to NYUSPS students as they pursue their degree or certificate.

For more information on NYU’s efforts to make a greener NYU, please visit the NYU Office of Sustainability webpage.

“Green Teaching” also reduces costs for the students. To learn more about President Hamilton’s affordability initiatives, please go here.


Here you will find six approaches that promote “green teaching.”


  • Upload your syllabus on NYU Classes or use the Syllabus Tool, students may access the syllabus whenever they need via computers and mobile devices.
  • Review syllabus with your students in class without handing out hard copies.
  • Send an announcement the Friday before classes begin encouraging students to read the syllabus prior to coming to class. Give a small quiz covering the syllabus content to ensure students have read the syllabus.
  • E-books are now available from many publishers. Different e-books may have different features and capabilities for improving the learning experience.
  • Resources for finding e-books can be located on the NYU Libraries website and here.
  • Weekly readings exposes students to scholarly journals, industry ¬†relevant materials, teaches them how to interpret data, and better acclimates them to the scientific method. By assigning journal articles to supplement textbooks, students are better prepared for their upper-level courses, where extensive research and writing take place.
  • You may find scholarly articles through NYU Libraries Website.
  • Create a weekly discussion designed to deepen students understanding or weekly readings and important concepts. Online discussions also ¬†fosters learning communities between students and students, students and instructor.
  • Instructors can also encourage students to become the resource provider. Create a discussion and let students find related articles and share them with the entire class.
  • Whether an assignment is an essay submitted via Google Docs or a Word Document upload, a digital portfolio, or a group presentation conducted online with collaboration tools or recorded PowerPoint, there are many ways to create digitally.
  • NYU Classes provides many features that make grading more efficient.
  • You may also enable Turnitin to check the originality report of your students’ paper. For suggestions on minimizing plagiarism, please visit the NYU Libraries website.
  • Students are notified of your feedback once you enter your comments and scores on NYU Classes.
  • In lieu of paper exams or Scantron forms, an online quiz is a more economical and efficient solution. Creating an online exam reduces the use of paper or expensive test-taking forms. Additionally, Online quizzes save the instructor time because of its automatic grading options. Instructors can also potentially save valuable class time if students are given the flexibility to take a quiz online instead of in the class session.
  • To create your online quizzes, you may contact your publishers to see whether they provide test banks that you can directly incorporate into your NYU Classes course. You can also directly build your online quizzes on NYU Classes.
  • For young adults entering the workforce, online collaboration is another valuable skill and can be helpful to students continuing their education by allowing them to engage online. Working in small groups online can improve one’s interpersonal communication skills and gives students an opportunity to manage projects digitally. These collaboration tools, such as NYU Classes, Google Docs, and many more help students experience the many ways in which groups can collaborate.
  • NYU Classes allows students to work synchronously. For example, groups can use NYU Classes built in conferencing tool to meet online to discuss their group project. Students can record their online meeting and submit their recordings as an online assignment.