Campus Sustainability News

Second Round of Sustainability Investment Funds Opens

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY Conserves is now accepting applications for the second round of Sustainable Investment Funds (SIF). In 2013 Sustainable CUNY awarded over $$413,000 from SIF, a revolving fund, to support 11 projects on seven campuses. The winning projects in 2013 were selected on criteria that included a short-payback period (5-years or less) and the ability […]

The Clock is Ticking

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY Conserves University-wide effort to reduce energy consumption across CUNY’s campuses has been given further impetus by the Governor’s Executive Order 88, NYBuild Smart, which mandates CUNY to achieve a 22% reduction in energy use by 2020. Four Working Groups comprised of 64 Campus leaders, engineers and facility managers have been formed to create […]

Lehman College First to Complete Round One Sustainable Investment Fund Project

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Lehman College is the first of seven CUNY senior colleges to complete a project which received $26,000 under Sustainable CUNY Conserves’ $1million revolving loan fund, the Sustainable Investment Fund (SIF). The project, which replaced fluorescent lighting with LED lighting throughout Lehman College’s Fine Arts Building, is estimated to save $9,000 per year. Payback for the […]

Summer 2013 Peak Load Participation Nets CUNY Record $350,000

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

CUNY’s participation in the peak load management (PLM) program, operated by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), netted colleges some $350,000 in payments in the summer of 2013, more than any previous year. Soaring temperatures last summer saw a record eight peak load days called by the NYPA. This program rewards colleges financially for temporarily […]

2.9 Million for CUNY Community Colleges in 2nd Round of ACE Funding

June 19, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

NYC DCAS recently announced the awardees of a second round of funding from its Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency (ACE) Program. ACE was established to fund identified and implementable capital projects that further the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal and is open to all NYC Agencies and includes CUNY’s Community College. ACE seeks projects that […]

Lehman College Green Art Contest Winners

June 18, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

The theme for Earth Day 2014 this year was ‘Green Cities’. Lehman College celebrated with a variety of activities that included a Green Art Contest. Students, faculty and staff were invited to enter works of art made from materials that would have been otherwise recycled, and compete for prizes. Potential directions of Green Art are […]

CUNY Conserves Effort Saves Millions

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

One year after CUNY’s 13 Senior colleges were given direct control of their energy budgets, and any savings that resulted from conservation efforts, CUNY has exceeded all expectations. The CUNY-wide energy savings amounted to over 8.7 million dollars from July 2012 through June 2013, due to comprehensive efforts across campuses, the strategic Sustainable CUNY Conserves […]

ACE Awards Community Colleges 5 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Early this summer NYC DCAS announced the Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency (ACE) Program to fund identified and implementable capital projects that further the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal. The Department of Energy Management (DEM) recognized that there was a huge potential for projects that will improve energy efficiency in the City’s buildings and operations, […]

No Sweat for CUNY Colleges during Peak Load Days

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Soaring temperatures in July saw CUNY’s colleges respond to a record eight peak load day events this summer. In the energy business, “load” is the amount of energy a building is using at any given time. During the year, the amount of energy needed, or the “energy demand”, fluctuates depending on weather conditions or the […]

Sustainable CUNY Awards CleanTech Scholars

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The CUNY SustainableWorks 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. ( more) The program, currently supported by Con Edison scholarships, partners students with CUNY faculty and Industry partners working on inventive cleantech projects […]