16 NYS Jurisdictions Lead the Way

November 5, 2014 | Article

Everyone is busy these days: too much to do, so little time. Yet, 16 NYS Jurisdictions raised their hands a year and half ago and made a pledge to the U.S. Department of Energy to help remove barriers to New York State’s solar market. Meeting monthly in strategically formed Working Groups, these 16 are leading […]

NY State Solar Installers

November 5, 2014 | Article

As a ‘home rule’ state, New York’s 1550 municipalities often have different permitting processes that add time and costs as installers navigate their varying rules and procedures, adding to the ‘soft costs’ of installing solar. In addition to the efforts being conducted under the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and the NY-Sun Initiative to address […]

NY Schools Queue Up for Solar

September 30, 2014 | Article

112 Sign Up for K-Solar in First 60 Days The overall objective of K-Solar is to empower schools to procure affordable solar energy.  K-Solar is a partnership between the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Education Department (SED).  NYPA will act as […]

Governor Extends NYC Solar Property Tax Abatement

September 30, 2014 | Article

On Sept. 23, Governor Cuomo signed a bill that extends the property tax abatement (PTA) for solar electric systems through January 1, 2017, and doubles the total abatement amount from 10% to 20% of eligible solar system expenditures. Building owners who place a grid-connected solar energy system into service from January 1, 2014 to December […]

Building Product Ecosystems Partnership to Address Toxins in the Built Environment

September 18, 2014 | Media Release

New York, September 17, 2014 – The Durst Organization, The New School and the City University of New York (CUNY) announced a new partnership aimed at optimizing the health and transparency of our living and working environment. Building Product Ecosystems (BPE) includes leaders from New York’s design, construction, manufacturing, government, health, and academia in an […]

The World to NYC

July 1, 2014 | Media Release

Sustainable CUNY, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and New York International, has launched a global initiative to bring the most promising startup companies from around the world to present their solutions in the context of continuous urbanization and its economic opportunities for New York City’s citizens, businesses, and beyond. […]

Second Round of Sustainability Investment Funds Opens

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY Conserves is now accepting applications for the second round of Sustainable Investment Funds (SIF). In 2013 Sustainable CUNY awarded over $$413,000 from SIF, a revolving fund, to support 11 projects on seven campuses. The winning projects in 2013 were selected on criteria that included a short-payback period (5-years or less) and the ability […]

The Clock is Ticking

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY Conserves University-wide effort to reduce energy consumption across CUNY’s campuses has been given further impetus by the Governor’s Executive Order 88, NYBuild Smart, which mandates CUNY to achieve a 22% reduction in energy use by 2020. Four Working Groups comprised of 64 Campus leaders, engineers and facility managers have been formed to create […]

Lehman College First to Complete Round One Sustainable Investment Fund Project

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Lehman College is the first of seven CUNY senior colleges to complete a project which received $26,000 under Sustainable CUNY Conserves’ $1million revolving loan fund, the Sustainable Investment Fund (SIF). The project, which replaced fluorescent lighting with LED lighting throughout Lehman College’s Fine Arts Building, is estimated to save $9,000 per year. Payback for the […]

Summer 2013 Peak Load Participation Nets CUNY Record $350,000

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

CUNY’s participation in the peak load management (PLM) program, operated by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), netted colleges some $350,000 in payments in the summer of 2013, more than any previous year. Soaring temperatures last summer saw a record eight peak load days called by the NYPA. This program rewards colleges financially for temporarily […]