CUNY Secures NYPA $ for O&M

November 24, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Through BuildSmart NY, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) created the O&M Acceleration Program, a competitive award program aimed at accelerating minor rehabilitation, and operations and maintenance (O&M) projects at state facilities. CUNY has over 300 buildings, each with a myriad of systems and equipment. CUNY was successfully awarded funding to create a consistent methodology […]

Procurement

November 24, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

As with any public agency, Procurement Directors are often the gatekeepers along the path to a green-lighted project.  Part of CUNY Conserves ‘project-based change management’ strategy is to include campus departments from the onset in the planning and implementation of new projects and strategies, including procurement. CUNY Conserves has a dedicated Procurement Strategist that is […]

Managing Energy

November 24, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

All of CUNY’s senior colleges, thanks to Facilities Planning Construction Management, have real-time energy monitoring, however, only one Community College has this critical energy management tool. That would be like driving your car without a dashboard. CUNY Conserves applied to the DCAS ExCEL program and has just received funding to build out real-time energy monitoring at […]

Campus Energy Snapshots

November 24, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves is providing college facility managers with campus energy snapshots that summarize the previous two calendar years on a quarterly basis of electricity (including peak demand), gas, steam, and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).  The snapshots are a new energy management tool that show administrators and facility managers where to focus energy reduction efforts and […]

Lighten the Load

November 24, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves energy engineers organized “Demand Response” training over the summer and now every CUNY campus is a participant in the Demand Response Program. The program pays agency partners to reduce their energy consumption therefore lightening the load on the grid during times of extreme constraint.  Each campus has their own individualized winter and summer […]

STRATEGIC ‘DEMAND RESPONSE’ ACTIONS SAVE$

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

The ‘demand’ on the grid is highest on the hottest days due to large scale cooling needs. As usage nears the grids peak capacity,  grid operators are forced to resort to the most expensive power sources, known as Peaking Power Plants. These high costs are not only passed along to commercial customers like CUNY, but […]

‘ExCEL’ PROJECTS TO HELP ‘TRAP’ SAVINGS

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves and CUNY’s Community  Colleges have successfully won another round of support through the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) “Expenses for Conservation and Efficiency Leadership” (ExCEL) program, an effort to support City agency facility operators in their energy reduction efforts. A total of $943,000 has been awarded for a variety of projects […]

CUNY CONSERVES ENERGY ENGINEERS

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY Conserves has hired two full time energy engineers to help CUNY colleges implement energy saving recommendations. Aramark Engineering has conducted energy audits at 8 CUNY Campuses over the past 12 months, defining numerous measures that can help the colleges save energy and operate more efficiently. Monty Graham and William Vilkelis are making the rounds […]

EPA RECOGNIZES QUEENS COLLEGE SOLAR + RAINWATER DESIGN

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

On April 22, 2015, EPA announced four winners and two honorable mentions for the 2014 Campus RainWorks Challenge. Sixty-four student teams from 23 states submitted green infrastructure designs, with many of the designs proposing transformative additions to campus landscapes that would reduce stormwater impacts on water quality while providing educational and recreational opportunities. The EPA […]

CUNY INNOVATION SET TO ADVANCE SOLAR PRODUCTIVITY AND MORE

July 21, 2015 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

CUNY technology has received a National Innovation award for a robust, transparent, ‘superhydrophobic’ coating that has many applications, including advancing the productivity of solar panels. ARL Designs LLC was founded in 2010 by Professor Alan Lyons to commercialize technologies developed in his laboratory at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York.  His […]