Old School Thermostats Flunk at Hostos Community College

Leaving the room? Don’t forget to shut off the lights… and turn down the thermostat! Many people now remember the first, but few are mindful of the second. Half of NYC buildings have legacy pneumatic thermostats that control the temperature of a room or a zone. These old thermostats have to be set manually. If […]

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BMCC Now Home to Manhattan’s Largest Solar Project

Workers from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) have installed 947 solar energy panels on the main roof of Borough of Manhattan Community College’s four-block-long 199 Chambers Street building. The electricity produced powers the Chambers Street building first, with any excess generated distributed to the New York City power grid. BMCC is working collaboratively with regulators […]

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2018 Student/Faculty Sustainability Competitions

Read about the 2017 Sustainability Competition Winners We are pleased to announce that during the Spring 2018 semester, Interim Vice Chancellor Christopher  Rosa and University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation Tria Case aim to engage more students and teams in sustainable projects by offering two supported opportunities: the 2018 Campus Sustainability Competition; and a […]

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Too Hot, Too Cold? Just Right at QBCC

It’s a dilemma that has long plagued NYC building operators: one room is too cold, but down the hall occupants are opening the window on a frigid day to cool off an overheated space on the same system. With budgets tight for capital as well as operating improvements, CUNY’s Community Colleges had another layer of […]

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Hunter Controls

Energy conscious NYC now requires every building over 50,000 sq.feet to undergo a retro commissioning study to make sure that building systems are still working as designed – and are in compliance with Executive Order 87 to reduce carbon footprint. CUNY Conserves stepped in to find the funds and shepherd the work for the busy […]

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Clean Tech Scholars

In 2017, Sustainable CUNY Conserves received an additional $50,000 in funding from Con Edison towards the CUNY Cleantech Scholars program. Cleantech Scholars ( STEM students from CUNY colleges) have become a vital part of the CUNY Conserves Team. They join with a passion for making a difference. And they get the chance. Nujhat Noor, an […]

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Installing solar power at 14 developments; goal is to install 25 megawatts of solar capacity, which would power up to 6,600 households, by 2025 The de Blasio Administration has announced the launch of its first large-scale solar program at NYCHA, which will provide low to moderate-income New Yorkers, including public housing residents, access to clean, […]

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2017 CUNY Student/Faculty Sustainability Competition Results

More than two dozen student groups suggested projects for last years’ Sustainability Competition sponsored by Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Christopher Rosa, and University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation Tria Case, and supported by PepsiCo. Several responding teams were encouraged to submit detailed plans for implementing their projects, and three ( Queens College, […]

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CUNY Adds LI Solar Layer to NY Solar Map with Support from Sierra Club and PSEG Long Island

CUNY Built Map Puts Solar Tools in Hands of Long Island Residents, Solar Developers and Government Officials Long Islanders now have access to a sophisticated internet-based tool that evaluates the solar energy generating potential of any site or roof on Long Island. Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York (CUNY) worked with experts […]

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CUNY Wins Two National Awards for Advancing Solar, Solar+Storage

San Francisco| Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York, as lead of the NYC Solar Partnership, accepted the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) 2017 3iAward State and Local Government Achievement of the Year for its work to advance solar in New York City. This is the second recent national recognition for Sustainable CUNY […]

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