The campus infrastructure makes up approximately 80 percent of CCNY’s energy consumption. Re-evaluating the way we use energy is our best opportunity to reduce our green house gas emissions. We can achieve our goals through conservation, renewable energy, accurate tracking, and behavioral changes.
CCNY, along with all other CUNY institutions, is now part of an initiative called CUNY Conserves. Each campus is now responsible for the energy they consume, and has a budget based on previous consumption. At the end of each fiscal year, savings can be returned to the campus depending on the energy conserved. You can learn more about this project here.
- Inventory of greenhouse gas emissions was completed.
- Switched Marshak and NAC building boilers from No.6 fuel oil to natural gas (with No. 2 fuel oil as backup).
- Installed energy motion detection sensors throughout 80 % of the campus.
- Central chiller plant controls have been upgraded.
- Implemented the Information Technology energy efficiency center.
- Completed the Marshak Building’s curtain wall, or envelope, as first phase of our Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system improvement.
Goals in Progress:
- Upgrade vending machines to power down when not in use.
- Continue to install high efficiency lighting fixtures and switches.
- Replace all window air conditioner (A/C) units with Energy Star versions.
- Install campus-wide Direct Digital Control (DDC) Building Automation System.
- Replace steam-traps in order to reduce heat loss and enhance cooling when appropriated.
- Upgrade and update the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) in Compton-Goethals & Baskerville Halls.
- Replace all existing vending machines to Energy Star rating machines.