University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation, Lead for the NYC Solar Partnership

Tria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation for the City University of New York (CUNY). Ms. Case coordinates and provides resources to CUNY’s 24 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY’s energy consumption through the Sustainable CUNY Conserves program. Ms. Case secures and manages multi-millions in funding for operations and maintenance projects including a revolving loan fund, the Sustainability Investment Fund, which supports energy savings projects on CUNY campuses. Since 2006 Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple Federal, State and City funded solar, and now storage, programs on behalf of New York City (NYC) and New York State (NYS), leading to a significant growth in solar capacity, with storage expected to follow the same trajectory. Ms.Case formed the NYC Solar Partnership in 2006, working collaboratively with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in developing and implementing comprehensive plans for large-scale solar integration and the associated economic development in New York City. One of the current focuses of Ms. Case’s work is to identify and addresses soft or ‘Balance of System’ costs for the implementation and adoption of solar in NYS and NYC, conducted collaboratively through NYSolar Smart, a program Ms. Case developed. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Ms. Case formed the Smart Distributed Generation Hub, with City, State, and Federal participation, in an effort to integrate storage and DG into emergency power and resiliency deployment.  Formerly, Ms. Case served as the Director of the office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development Corporation and received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.