SUNY Earns Four BuildSmart NY Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

September 18, 2014

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that SUNY received four awards for its leadership in energy efficiency as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s BuiltSmart NY program.

“SUNY’s infrastructure represents 40 percent of all state-owned buildings in New York, and we are deeply committed to maintaining highly energy-efficient and sustainable facilities for generations to come,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “SUNY is proud to partner with Governor Cuomo to bring the BuildSmart NY initiative to scale across our campuses as we work collectively to reduce New York’s carbon footprint. We thank Governor Cuomo for this prestigious recognition.”

At the inaugural BuildSmart NY Awards ceremony held in Albany this week, the following awards were presented to SUNY in recognition of its innovation and leadership in reducing energy use, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions:

Karren Bee-Donohoe, executive director of the SUNY Office for Capital Facilities: Outstanding Energy Management and Leadership Award
Karren Bee-Donohoe was one of two state agency leaders to be presented with the Outstanding Energy Management and Leadership Award, in recognition of an individual effort and dedication to advancing energy efficiency in state facilities.

“This award is truly a testament to the facilities staff at SUNY campuses across New York who have taken the Governor’s BuildSmart program to heart and made a significant impact on their campuses and in their local communities,” said Bee-Donohoe. “We are all indebted to Governor Cuomo and Chancellor Zimpher for their outstanding leadership and commitment to making New York State more energy efficient.”

BuildSmartNY award with Lloyd Kass, director of Build Smart NY; Gil Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority; Karren Bee-Donohoe, executive director of the SUNY Office for Capital Facilities; and Richard Kaufman, chairman, Energy and Finance Office of the Governor.

From left: Lloyd Kass, director of Build Smart NY; Gil Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority; Karren Bee-Donohoe, executive director of the SUNY Office for Capital Facilities; and Richard Kaufman, chairman, Energy and Finance Office of the Governor.

SUNY Cortland Solar Photovoltaic Development Project: BuildSmart NY Innovation and Excellence in Energy Management Award, and the People’s Choice Award
SUNY Cortland’s Solar Photovoltaic project is part of Governor Cuomo’s N.Y. Sun initiative. With funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the campus has installed 3,600 solar panels in three arrays on campus to generate 1 megawatt of electricity. The project budget is $2.1 million, with an annual estimated energy cost savings of $50,000.

“SUNY Cortland is very proud to be recognized for this project, which represents the central role that environmental and financial sustainability plays at our College,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said. “By taking an innovative approach with creative partners in business and government, SUNY Cortland installed thousands of solar panels on campus, creating a highly visible symbol of our commitment to 100 percent renewable electricity.”

University at Albany Liberty Terrace Continuous Commissioning, Measurement, and Verification Project: BuildSmart NY Innovation and Excellence in Energy Management Award
Liberty Terrace, opened in fall 2012, is a LEED Gold, 500-bed apartment style residence hall at the University at Albany. It is the first building on campus to utilize a ground source heat pump system for its total cooling and heating needs. The project is a three-year effort to provide continuous monitoring and analysis of energy and building management system data to help identify and resolve operational issues, reduced utility costs, improved occupant comfort, and train facilities staff on the optimum operation of the ground source heat pump system. The project budget is $56,000 over three years, with an annual estimated energy savings of $46,000.

“UAlbany is pleased to play a pivotal role in the success of the inaugural year of the Build Smart NY program,” said University at Albany President Robert J. Jones. “We look forward to continuing to seek and develop innovative operating and capital initiatives to reduce our energy use and advance an even more sustainable campus for future generations.”

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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