CUNY’s annual New York State Executive Order # 4 (E04) Report summarizes CUNY’s progress toward becoming a more sustainable institution. Highlights in the CUNY report includes an increase in annual recycling rate of 53%, with almost 19,000 tons of materials recycled since 2008 – avoiding emissions equivalent to over 112,000 barrels of oil.
Sustainable CUNY Conserves is a University wide effort to reduce energy consumption, spend less money on utilities and use the savings to support other campus efforts.
Sustainable CUNY has created a $1-million fund, the Sustainability Investment Fund, to support projects on CUNY campuses which produce energy savings and other sustainability benefits.
Registration for the annual national, inter-university recycling contest, RecycleMania, has opened. Participation in the 6-week event, which begins on February 3rd 2013, involves students, faculty and staff working together to collect and measure various recyclable materials, competing to collect as much as possible and comparing their results with colleges & universities across the country.
Colleges interested in participating in a Spring 2013 effort to increase the number of Cool Roofs at CUNY are being sought. Cool roofs significantly reduce the surface temperature of asphalt and similar roofs during warmer months, by reflecting sunlight and emitting rather than absorbing solar radiation, in turn lowering cooling loads and helping to conserve energy.
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection has announced a $6million fund for its Green Infrastructure Grant Program for 2013, inviting proposals which help capture, divert or reuse storm-water in a bid to minimize runoff into the city sewage system.
Queens College celebrated the opening of three separate rain gardens at their campus in October, which will help divert almost 1 million gallons of stormwater annually out of the sewage system, helping in turn to preserve water quality in nearby Flushing Creek.
NYSERDA, CUNY and Con Edison Sponsor Networking Event
Nearly 300 potential new solar customers interested in large scale solar installations met up with NYC installers at the NYC Solar Connection on October 1st at Con Edison’s Manhattan headquarters. Financial incentives for large solar installations have never been better as the State of New York, through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), is offering incentives of up to $3 million per project to building owners interested in installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems larger than 50 kW on commercial, industrial and multifamily-residential buildings.
New York City has been called the birthplace of electricity itself. In 1882, Edison’s Pearl Street Station in lower Manhattan became the country’s first central power plant, bringing 800 incandescent light bulbs to life. Today, New York City draws its power from a mix of far-flung fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewable (primarily hydroelectric) energy resources. But, this could change as the state’s legislature passes a round of incentives aimed at encouraging new solar PV installations in the state.
The big question for any homeowner considering installing solar power is a simple one: How quickly will the system pay for itself? The short answer: It depends on where you live.