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Sustainability Investment Fund (SIF) 2017 Open for Campus Applications

April 5, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The SIF has provided loans to the Senior College campuses of more than $1,000,000 to date for investments in energy conservation.  In this round of funding, Sustainable CUNY has more than $650,000 to deploy, effective July 1, 2016. Previously, winning projects were selected on criteria that included a short-payback period (5-years or less) and the […]

Case Study: Steam Traps ‘Trap’ Savings

April 5, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves submitted an application to the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) “Expenses for Conservation and Efficiency Leadership” (ExCEL) in the spring of 2015 to replace the steam traps at four community colleges – Bronx CC, Hostos, CC, LaGuardia CC and Queensborough CC. A steam trap is a device used to discharge condensate […]

Campus Real-time Energy Monitoring

April 5, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Thanks to a grant from the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) “Expenses for Conservation and Efficiency Leadership” (ExCEL), program, five of CUNY’s community colleges are well on their way to implementing real-time energy monitoring (RTM). Once implemented, RTM will give the colleges the ability to see their energy use, as they are using […]

Energy Profile Snapshots

April 5, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The College’s’ December Quarterly Energy Snapshots are now available and they show a general trend of CUNY’s colleges lowering energy use including electricity, gas and steam. Some colleges have work to do, but all are working hard and this translates into lower greenhouse gas emissions, the ultimate goal of our Mayoral initiatives and New York […]

Building Management Systems Matter

April 5, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Under NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) “Expenses for Conservation and Efficiency Leadership” (ExCEL)  Round 3, CUNY Conserves received funding to engage the Aramark Corporation to perform a Building Management Systems (BMS) controls sequence enhancement and training program for six community colleges. The first campus completed was the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). […]

Daylight Hour

April 5, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

On June 17, 2016, offices all over the world will turn off the lights in day-lit spaces for one hour to raise awareness about the role daylight can play in lighting our offices and reducing our environmental footprint. Last year, Queens College participated and was able to document a 5.53% drop in electricity usage for […]

DCAS Demand Response Awards

April 5, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

On Thursday, March 24th, the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Division of Energy Management (DEM) held its annual Demand Response awards at the Municipal Building. Hostos Community College and the College of Staten Island received awards for their dedicated participation and performance in the Demand Response Program, and for the amount of demand […]

Catching the Sun

April 5, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

A new documentary captures the global race to lead the clean energy future through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry. See/Host the Film

Don’t Leave Energy Dollars on the Table!

November 24, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Round three of the Sustainable Investment Fund (SIF) will be opening in the beginning of December with applications due by the end of January.  SIF is a revolving loan for energy efficiency projects at senior colleges that have a short-payback period (5-years or less) and the ability for rapid implementation. During round two, SIF awarded […]

Student Intern Projects

November 24, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Students Helping to Shape the Solar Map. The Sustainable CUNY Cleantech Scholars Program has been designed to give CUNY students majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines the opportunity for a “Real World” supplement to their education. Sustainable CUNY utilized several student interns this Fall, including Troy Thompson, a student from Lehman College […]