Unified Permit to Ease Solar Adoption in NY

October 1, 2013 | Media Release

Community Implementation Incentives Available The New York State Unified Solar Permit developed under the NY-Sun Initiative, is now available. Supported by NYSERDA and NYPA, CUNY’s NYSolar Smart program surveyed municipal officials across New York State to understand their photovoltaic (PV) permitting costs, procedures and issues, as well as to develop the permit. Municipalities that adopt […]

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 […]

EPA Rates CUNY Among Top Universities in the Country for use of Green Power

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Using green power helps reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use and supports the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide.  The Environmental Protection Agencies ‘Green Power Partnership’ works with a wide variety of leading organizations and a growing number of colleges and universities to help advance green power and recognize the leaders by sector. […]

Queens College Rain Garden

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

In May, Queens College secured $580,000 from New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection for the construction of an additional rain garden on campus, through the DEP’s Green Infrastructure Grant program. The rain garden, to be built in the college’s Dining Hall Plaza, will replace 18,000sqft of impervious surface with trees, planting beds and permeable […]

Already ‘Cool’ Hunter College, Gets Cool Roofs

September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Hunter College is a partner with the Mayor’s Office as part of NYC’s Cool Roofs initiative. This project helps mitigate the “heat island effect” in New York City and decreases unwanted heat load inside the buildings that create the cool roofs, helping to decrease the amount of air conditioning needed to cool these buildings on […]

‘1 Degree, 1 World, Make a Difference’ Wins Sustainable CUNY Video Contest

June 19, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News

Dave Schwittek, a College Laboratory Technician in the Art Department at Lehman College, is the winner of the Sustainable CUNY Video Contest. The contest was designed to raise awareness around simple behavioral changes that can have a tremendous impact on energy usage and energy savings. Schwittek was awarded the first place prize by University Director […]

NYC Sees Exponential Solar Growth, Poised to Add Resiliency to the City

June 7, 2013 | Media Release

(June 4, 2013) At the 7th annual NYC Solar Summit the City University of New York (CUNY) convened New York’s power leaders to discuss market growth strategies and the role solar can play in emergencies, grid resiliency and demand response. In 2012, the NYC solar market grew by 85% over the previous year and is projected to […]