Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Scores High on EPA’s Coveted Green Power Partnership List

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The City University of New York came in at 15th on the Top 30 College & University list that represents the largest green power users among higher education institutions within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power use of these organizations amounts to more than 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is […]

Summer Demands – CUNY Responds

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

New York City’s population continues to grow (4.6 percent since 2010), as does the demand for more power, with peak usage in July and August.  Building new substations is extremely expensive but everyone wants to avoid brownouts or the dreaded blackouts so NYC agencies and Con Edison have turned more and more to ‘Demand Response’ […]

From the Energy War Room

October 24, 2016 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Last spring the predictions were for yet another long hot summer. In anticipation of energy demands, and in an effort to help CUNY colleges, CUNY Conserves established a ‘war room’ with its engineers preparing to be on call during Demand Response days to help CUNY colleges. Using multiple screens and programs, energy use can be […]

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 […]