Governor Announces Energy Efficiency Upgrades at CUNY Campuses

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Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:22 pm | Updated: 3:34 pm, Wed Apr 26, 2017.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced more than $520 million in energy efficient upgrades across the City University of New York system. Coinciding with Earth Week, the energy-saving measures will reduce environmental impacts and operating costs while helping CUNY reach the Governor’s statewide energy goals to build a clean energy future for all of New York State.

"With these energy efficient projects across the CUNY system, New York continues to lead the way in making innovative upgrades to preserve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint," said Governor Cuomo. "Today’s fight against climate change is vital to securing a clean energy tomorrow, and projects like this bring us one step closer to a cleaner, greener New York for all."

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York is delivering $380 million in projects as part of its partnership with CUNY and the New York Power Authority is financing and implementing more than $140 million in energy efficiency projects.

The upgrades span 19 campuses and range from the addition of high-efficiency lighting to the replacement of outdated heating and cooling equipment. They are part of the Sustainable CUNY Conserves program, a University-wide effort to reduce energy consumption across CUNY's 29 million sq. ft. in more than 300 buildings, spend less money on utilities and use the savings to support other campus initiatives. The program is working to fulfill the goals of BuildSmartNY, a comprehensive statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings, and is a significant step in achieving Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 88, which is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy use in state buildings by 2020.

This also complements the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050.

SOURCE: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

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