Campus Sustainability News

Creating a Sustainable and Resilient City

December 11, 2014 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Climate Change Repercussions Triggers Market Demand Hurricane Sandy struck a crippling blow to New York City’s power supply in late 2012, leaving 2.1 million New Yorkers in the dark at the superstorms peak. Tens of thousands were still without power weeks later, 44 lives were lost and many businesses never recovered. Subways, tunnels and bridges […]

CUNY Conserves Receives NY BuildSmart Award

December 11, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

In the late Spring of 2014, CUNY Conserves convened 47 campus and university officials who participated in four Working Groups through the summer to develop multi-part reports that constitute a roadmap for CUNY and the campuses to achieve the goals of CUNY Conserves and meet the energy reduction targets established by Executive Order 88, as […]

‘Building Product Ecosystems’ Partnership to Address Toxins in the Built Environment

December 11, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Faculty to Test New and Recycled Materials The Durst Organization, The New School and the City University of New York (CUNY) recently formed a new partnership aimed at optimizing the health and transparency of our living and working environment. Building Product Ecosystems (BPE) includes leaders from New York’s design, construction, manufacturing, government, health, and […]

Senior College Energy Savings FY14

December 11, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Overall, energy reduction measures at CUNY’s Senior Colleges for fiscal year 2014 (June 30-to July 1) are projected to result in an 8% energy savings against allocations. Examples include: John Jay College utilizing the building automation systems to better schedule start/stop of equipment to save energy; Baruch repaired or replaced motion sensors, steam traps and […]

CUNY Conserves, Community Colleges Win $9.5 Million to Implement Energy Saving Projects

December 11, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

In FY13- FY14, CUNY Conserves and CUNY’s Community Colleges were awarded $8.5 million through ACE Awards and another 1 million dollars through ExCEL. The Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency (ACE) program is an innovative program launched by DCAS Energy Management aka DEM, to fast track and streamline funding for straightforward and shovel-ready energy capital projects that […]

Cleantech Scholars and Mentors Wanted

December 11, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY, with support from Consolidated Edison, has established the CleanTech Scholars Program – an internship opportunity for junior, senior, and graduate level CUNY students, enrolled in a STEM program, interested in energy analytics, solar market analysis, peak load management, solar panel output, the Sustainable CUNY NYS Solar Map, and any other projects related to […]

Round Two of SIF Aims to Save CUNY Colleges Over $500K Annually

December 11, 2014 | Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY Conserves has awarded over $629,000 for ten projects at six CUNY colleges from the second round of applications to the Sustainable Investment Funds (SIF), a revolving loan fund. The winning projects were selected on criteria that included a short-payback period (5-years or less) and the ability for rapid implementation. Each college provided up […]

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 […]