Why We Need to Know: Tracking Solar Production in NYC

April 16, 2013 | Article, Media Release

Currently, Con Edison has no way to track the amount of solar energy being produced in any given hour on its grid. A smarter, cleaner and more resilient electric grid requires integrating intelligent data monitoring with distributed energy generation systems like solar and emergency generators. Many of the existing PV systems have some variation of […]

Sustainable CUNY Video Contest

April 9, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Behavioral changes can sometimes be the most difficulty to achieve in the short run, but once new habits are adopted by the current generation they can become status quo. In order to raise awareness on behavioral changes that can have a tremendous impact on energy savings Sustainable CUNY is sponsoring a video contest that is […]

Grant Funding Available for ‘Rocket’ Composter

March 25, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation has highlighted a grant funding opportunity to purchase a ‘Rocket’ composter for your campus. Funding of up to $100,000 is available through State Farm Insurance’s ‘Service Learning Grant’. Lehman College has operated a Rocket composter since 2010. The Rocket transforms organic material (food and yard waste) into useable […]

Organizing an Earth Day Event on a CUNY Campus

March 12, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

CUNY campuses often serve as a hub for community activities that have a broad appeal both on and off campus and have a long history of conducting Earth Day activities. This step by step guide for hosting an Earth Day Event includes suggestions for organization, themes, communication strategies and activities. Earth Day Organizing Pack

BMCC Conducts Sustainable Living Survey

March 12, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Drs. McNamara, Rennis and Wiseman, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) faculty and members of BMCC’s Sustainability Committee, recently conducted an exploratory study on campus. This research examined the personal sustainability practices and attitudes of urban community college students as well as their beliefs regarding campus sustainability policies. The Sustainable Living survey was administered to […]

Sustainable CUNY Conserves Effort Reaps Millions in Savings

March 12, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Thanks to redoubled efforts across CUNY campuses to conserve energy since Sustainable CUNY Conserves kicked off in July, CUNY saw almost $5.1 million dollars in savings during the last half of 2012. The savings were achieved through a variety of measures taken by CUNY’s colleges, including powering down lights and other unused equipment, managing peak […]

Sustainable Investment Fund Supports First Wave of Energy Saving Projects

March 1, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Sustainable CUNY Conserves has awarded half of the $1-million Sustainable Investment Fund to twelve college energy saving projects in the first wave of support for initiatives which make significant energy use reductions through either proven or innovative efficiency improvements. Baruch College, City College, the College of Staten Island, Hunter College, John Jay College, Lehman College […]

Queens College Installs Solar Kiosk

March 1, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Queens College has become the first CUNY location to feature a solar kiosk, an off-grid solar-powered recharging point that doubles as an outdoor study, seating or eating spot. The kiosk, or Solar Dok, has four solar panels totaling 235Watts and provides recharging for four 110V power outlets as well as two USB ports. The college […]

Cool Roofs Planned Across CUNY’s Rooftops

March 1, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

In an effort to assist the city with energy conservation, Sustainable CUNY Conserves has begun a process which will see well over 100,000 square feet of roof surface converted into cool roofs. Every CUNY college has been asked to nominate candidate roofs, which will be covered in special reflective white paint that lowers roof temperature […]

Baruch Recycling Project Wins Productivity Award

March 1, 2013 | Campus Sustainability News

Executive Vice Chancellor Allan Dobrin has awarded Baruch College’s Sustainability Task Force and their partners in Campus facilities with a Productivity Award for their efforts to improve waste collection and recycling at the college’s Vertical Campus building. The award follows the college’s decision to do away with over 1,600 individual trash and recycling bins from […]