With $112,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), St. Lawrence University will develop the school’s first-ever energy master plan.
The funding will allow St. Lawrence’s Office of Sustainability to establish institution-wide efficiency standards, sustainability strategies and continuously assess utility infrastructure.
“NYSERDA’s support will ultimately advance St. Lawrence’s progress toward climate neutrality,” says William L. Fox, president of the private, liberal arts college in Saint Lawrence County in northern New York. “The energy master plan will allow us to leverage our assets and resources – current and future – for the optimization toward environmental as well as financial sustainability.”
The NYSERDA funds were available through the Reforming Energy Vision (REV) Campus Challenge and include an additional $4,000 to support a student internship position. The program encourages campuses to partner with energy experts to created plans for understanding, managing and reducing energy use. Began in 2016, the REV Campus Challenge distributes $3 million to student-supported coalitions throughout New York that create and implement plans to advance clean energy.
“Congratulations to St. Lawrence University for their commitment to reducing on-campus energy through clean-energy solutions,” says Alicia Barton, NYSERDA president and CEO. “Colleges and universities play a critical role in Governor Cuomo’s ambitious energy strategy to create a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.”
For more information, check out about St. Lawrence’s sustainability initiatives.
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