Sustainability Research

Javits Center Green Roof

Javits Center Green Roof

Optimizing the efficiency of buildings, chemical synthesis, transportation, and food production are a few aspects of a sustainable global community that enhances quality of life. Projects in sustainable engineering demand a broad and integrative approach that includes social and political factors. Researchers at The Cooper Union  have been actively developing and improving sustainable engineering solutions to local and global problems: 

  • Putting waste energy and materials to use in urban and rural environments    
  • Designing and optimizing green roof technology in collaboration with the NYC Javits Center
  • Developing roadmaps to achieve carbon neutrality and improve the resiliency of urban infrastructure

List of Current Sustainability Courses


University Organizations and Clubs

Faculty and Student Research Projects

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.