Governor Cuomo Announces Winners of $3 Million Clean Energy Competition for Colleges and Universities in New York State
Student-Led Coalitions at Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College Awarded $1 Million Each to Develop Innovative Clean Energy Projects in their Communities
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will award $1 million each to Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College as part of the “Energy to Lead Competition.” The competition, first announced by the Governor in October 2015, challenged student-led coalitions from New York colleges and universities to design and develop innovative plans for campus and community-wide clean energy projects. The announcement was made at Bard College in Dutchess County.
“The ‘Energy to Lead Competition’ is challenging New York’s emerging energy leaders to turn innovative ideas into cutting-edge solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy bills and improve resiliency in communities across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “I congratulate our winning students and faculty, and commend them for their commitment to helping to build a cleaner, greener New York.”
Collectively, the three winning college projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 17,000 cars off the road each year.
SUNY Broome Community College’s “Geothermal Learning Laboratory” project will show how a geothermal system can harness the energy stored in the earth to heat and cool a campus, serve as a hands-on learning resource for college and secondary school students, and generate energy bill savings that can be reinvested in energy conservation measures. The project is expected to result in the avoidance of 135 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
The greening of SUNY Broome just took a huge leap forward. We can’t thank the Governor and NYSERDA enough for such a critical award,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “This initiative will substantially decrease our carbon footprint while fostering student involvement in sustainability efforts and entrepreneurship. It must be noted that students were integral to the development of this proposal. What better way to inspire the green innovators of the future!