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STRATEGIC ‘DEMAND RESPONSE’ ACTIONS SAVE$

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The ‘demand’ on the grid is highest on the hottest days due to large scale cooling needs. As usage nears the grids peak capacity,  grid operators are forced to resort to the most expensive power sources, known as Peaking Power Plants. These high costs are not only passed along to commercial customers like CUNY, but […]

‘ExCEL’ PROJECTS TO HELP ‘TRAP’ SAVINGS

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves and CUNY’s Community  Colleges have successfully won another round of support through the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) “Expenses for Conservation and Efficiency Leadership” (ExCEL) program, an effort to support City agency facility operators in their energy reduction efforts. A total of $943,000 has been awarded for a variety of projects […]

CUNY CONSERVES ENERGY ENGINEERS

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves has hired two full time energy engineers to help CUNY colleges implement energy saving recommendations. Aramark Engineering has conducted energy audits at 8 CUNY Campuses over the past 12 months, defining numerous measures that can help the colleges save energy and operate more efficiently. Monty Graham and William Vilkelis are making the rounds […]

EPA RECOGNIZES QUEENS COLLEGE SOLAR + RAINWATER DESIGN

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

On April 22, 2015, EPA announced four winners and two honorable mentions for the 2014 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Sixty-four student teams from 23 states submitted green infrastructure designs, with many of the designs proposing transformative additions to campus landscapes that would reduce stormwater impacts on water quality while providing educational and recreational opportunities. The EPA […]

CUNY INNOVATION SET TO ADVANCE SOLAR PRODUCTIVITY AND MORE

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY technology has received a National Innovation award for a robust, transparent, ‘superhydrophobic’ coating that has many applications, including advancing the productivity of solar panels. ARL Designs LLC was founded in 2010 by Professor Alan Lyons to commercialize technologies developed in his laboratory at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York.  His […]

RECYCLED GLASS REPLACING CEMENT IN HIGH-PERFORMANCE CONCRETE

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The United States annually uses 78 million tons of Portland cement, the most common type of cement in general use around the world. However, cement production in the U.S. alone is equal to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of over 16 million passenger vehicles, and creates additional health concerns as well. This is one of […]

Sustainability Beyond the Classroom

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The English Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College is integrating sustainability into academics as well as through actions outside the classroom. Prof. Cheryl J. Fish ran a contest in the Spring of 2015 with colleague Prof. Page Delano, “Poems to Save the Planet”  during BMCC’s Sustainability Fair on Earth Day; and previously taught […]

Creating a Sustainable and Resilient City

December 11, 2014 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Climate Change Repercussions Triggers Market Demand Hurricane Sandy struck a crippling blow to New York City’s power supply in late 2012, leaving 2.1 million New Yorkers in the dark at the superstorms peak. Tens of thousands were still without power weeks later, 44 lives were lost and many businesses never recovered. Subways, tunnels and bridges […]

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 […]