Energy efficient upgrades at SUNY Brockport completed

Earlier this week, the New York Power Authority completed the last phase of its $5 million energy efficiency improvement initiative to State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport. The project began as a part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Build Smart NY initiative, which has the goal of reducing energy consumption in state buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020. A ceremony and news conference was held on Tuesday with officials from the college, the power authority and the National Grid to celebrate the upgrades that were made to the 460 acre campus.

The improvements that were made include work done to the mechanical and electrical systems, replacing existing lighting with energy efficient styles as well as an overhaul to the ventilation and air conditioning units. This project has been going on at the school for more than two years, with experts estimating that the school will now be able to save around $300,000 each year in power costs. Four of the buildings on the campus are now LEED certified, which means that they fit the energy efficient standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

"The state university system is the largest energy user in terms of public buildings and also they are learning institutions, so they are predisposed to sustainability and to energy efficiency, so they're a natural partner," New York Power Authority CEO Gil Quiniones said at the press conference. He hopes to partner with more colleges in the state in the future.

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