Energy Conservation = Good Neighbor

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Most CUNY colleges are in neighborhoods and pull their energy supply from the same substation as businesses and families old and young. While it may be occasionally inconvenient when colleges shut down the escalators or the central air is not quite as chilling, being a good neighbor by endeavoring to avoid grid constraint for our […]

An Ounce of Prevention …..

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves has been working hard to ensure a good environment for faculty and staff by helping the community college’s track and maintain their mechanical equipment, starting with an inventory of anything with moving parts. That amounts to about 25,000 pieces of equipment so far. With assistance from a DCAS grant, inventories have been completed […]

Saving Energy in a 24/7 World

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

NYC is famous for it’s nighttime skyline of twinkling lights on its one million buildings. However, City owned and managed buildings – including CUNY’s community colleges – have a higher calling: responsibility to the taxpayer. CUNY Conserves applied and received funding from Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to survey the community colleges ‘building management […]

Invest a Little, Save a LOT- Sustainability Investment Fund

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves received 21 applications for 2017 funding from the Sustainable Investment Fund (SIF) that Sustainable CUNY established in 2013. Now in its fourth round of investing, SIF began with a philanthropist’ one million dollar donation and is a revolving loan fund for Senior Colleges for energy conservation projects that include a short-payback period and […]

New Tool for Community Colleges

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

 Real-time Energy Monitoring: All of CUNY’s community colleges are now equipped with real time monitoring equipment (RTM).  RTM enables the colleges to see their energy use, as they are consuming it. RTM reveals when colleges incur their Peak Demand (point at which they draw the most power off the grid), and empowers them to reduce […]

Knowledge is Power-ful

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

In the near future all CUNY colleges will ideally have energy dashboards to track their energy use. The dashboards have up to four categories of ‘end-users’ ranging from a public viewpoint to granular details that engineering staff can access or one that a financial office can utilize.   The Borough of Manhattan Community College already has […]

CUNY Loses an Energy Heroine: Staci Cohen

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

As Energy Manager and Chairperson of the QC Sustainability Council for Queens College Staci led projects involving students faculty and staff that significantly reduced energy consumption at Queens College. Through projects such as ‘White Roofs’, Real-time Energy monitoring, and supporting faculty and student research Staci embedded in the Queens College culture a desire to fight […]

CleanTech Scholar

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

By Hira Mohammed, Queens College The CleanTech scholar program has been an excellent experiential learning opportunity for me as a CUNY student. This internship allowed me to gain real world experience in the field of energy management. I first found out about the program while working with the Buildings and Grounds department at Queens College, […]

Governor’s Report Applauds John Jay College

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The Fourth Progress Report on State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability  for the fiscal year 2014-15 praised the work of John Jay College of Criminal Justice multiple times. John Jay saved $1.3 million through energy efficiency projects compared to baseline in FY 14-15, leading all of CUNY’s 26 campuses. In addition, the college adopted an […]

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 […]