Campus Sustainability News

INTERN FINDS BIG ENERGY COST SAVINGS

March 15, 2017 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

A Queens College student, Hira Mohammed, landed a CleanTech Scholar internship on the CUNY Conserves team, thanks to the foresight of the college’s late energy manager and Chair of the QC Sustainability Council, Staci Cohen; who initiated Hira into the world of real time energy monitoring. Hira is an Applied Mathematics major, and has been […]

CUNY EARNS TOP ‘DEMAND RESPONSE’ SAVINGS

March 15, 2017 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The results are in, with CUNY earning ‘top performer’ among all NYC participating entities in NYC’s  Demand Response (DR) programs this past summer. DR programs pay large users of energy to cut back on energy use when the grid nears capacity. The NYC Department of Citywide (DCAS) services notified CUNY Conserves that an estimated total […]

NYPA ADDS TO SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT FUND

March 15, 2017 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves initiated the Sustainable Investment Fund (SIF) in 2013 with a million dollar donation from a philanthropist. The idea was simple: a revolving fund for efficiency measures on CUNY campuses that produce near immediate savings that are utilized to initially pay back the fund to ensure support for future projects. Now in it’s fourth […]

TURN IT OFF JUNE 16TH

March 15, 2017 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY campuses are asked once again to consider participating in DAYLIGHT HOUR on June 16th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Daylight Hour is an annual social media campaign organized by the Building Energy Exchange to raise awareness about using natural daylight in lieu of electric lighting in offices. Launched in 2014, this simple and […]

CUNY CREATES SOLAR REPORT FOR NEW DOE LEADERSHIP

March 15, 2017 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY was asked to submit a report to the U.S. Department of Energy in December of 2016 that summarized the work that CUNY led over the past three years as part of the SunShot Initiative. These measures, developed in partnership with dozens of partners, and with additional State and City support, have significantly advanced […]

DCAS “ExCEL” AWARDS

March 15, 2017 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves again won significant funding from the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) “Expenses for Conservation and Efficiency Leadership” (ExCEL) program for energy efficiency projects on CUNY Campuses. The awards total an additional $864,049 from DCAS for FY17 for the projects outlined below: Preventative Maintenance Development Plan; Building Management System Optimization; Building Management […]

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 […]