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Sustainability

NYSERDA continuously looks to reduce the organization’s environmental impact through sustainable practices. We hope that this site will be helpful to all New Yorkers seeking to expand their knowledge about environmentally friendly practices. As NYSERDA carries on in its mission to help New York accomplish its energy goals, NYSERDA itself plays a part in making our state, nation, and planet a more eco-friendly place to live, work, and enjoy.

NYSERDA works in conjunction with many other state agencies as part of the State government’s continuing efforts to improve the energy landscape. As the State’s leading authority dedicated to the advancement and implementation of innovative renewable energy and efficiency technologies, NYSERDA takes great pride in the steps it has taken in accomplishing its own energy reduction goals. The organization resolutely believes that the progress we make today, coupled with the conservation-minded actions we all take individually, is paramount to the advancement and success of our combined futures and the futures of those who will come after us.

Again, we we thank you for your interest in NYSERDA and its programs. Please submit any suggestions you think would aid NYSERDA in its mission to achieve a greater level of energy and environmental conscientiousness.



NYSERDA's Sustainability Initiatives

 NYSERDA’s sustainability initiatives include formation of SustaiNYSERDA, an internal committee dedicated to environmentally responsible policies and practices, as well as cost saving initiatives. The following projects are either completed or ongoing within NYSERDA:

Education

  • Include SustaiNYSERDA’s mission in the personnel handbook, as well as its accomplishments on the intranet and in NYSERDA’s Annual Report
  • Hold monthly lunch-time seminars on sustainability
  • Distribute an electronic sustainability newsletter to staff

Transportation

  • Enrolled in GreenRide, a computer-based program to foster ride-sharing
  • Encourage commuters to bike, walk, carpool or use public transportation
  • Maintain a fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles for employee business-related travel, including the Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which has a fuel efficiency of 98MPGe*(electric) and is 85% recyclable at the end of its useful life
  • Promote video and teleconferencing to reduce business travel
  • Implemented fleet vehicle sign-out process to maximize hybrid technology and pair riders traveling to the same event.
  • Deployed electronic collaboration technology in several conference rooms to reduce travel expenses, while also decreasing paper use

Energy

  • Earned an ENERGY STAR® Building Label for seven consecutive years
  • Installed a photovoltaic (PV) System at 17 Columbia Circle
  • Purchase 100% of our power from renewable resources through National Grid’s GreenUp program
  • Purchase energy efficient technology
  • Installed nine electric submeters at 17 Columbia Circle
  • Instituted quarterly building inspections to ensure it is performing efficiently and to identify/address any areas of concern related to efficiency and/or employee comfort
  • Encourage staff to use energy savings practices such as powering down computers, turning off office equipment, lights and other external devices and use energy saving settings on printers and copiers
  • Deployed iPads to executives in lieu of traditional laptops which are much more energy efficient
  • Purchase EPEAT Gold computers
  • Deployed thin clients and virtual servers providing remote access options for staff

Waste Reduction

  • Purchase green paper products, such as unbleached, recycled content janitorial supplies and 100 % recycled office paper
  • Eliminated disposable kitchen items and encourage employees to bring in their own reusable kitchenware
  • Set computer printer options to automatically double-side print
  • Updated key databases to reduce returned mail and postage fees
  • Reduced the number of NYSERDA’s hard-copy publications in favor of electronic distribution
  • Electronically distribute daily news clips relating to NYSERDA to staff and board members
  • Encourage staff to view, transfer, and store documents electronically
  • Electronically send the majority of our Board and Committee meeting agendas and supporting documents
  • Eliminated the practice of mailing solicitation announcement notices
  • Eliminated the distribution of hard-copy pay stubs, in favor of electronic retrieval
  • Respond to Freedom of Information Act Requests (FOIL) electronically
  • Created an electronic collaboration and document sharing process to facilitate solicitation proposal review in Technical Evaluation Panels
  • Enhanced recycling program by transitioning to single-stream recycling, installing consistent recycling receptacles throughout NYSERDA, and clarifying signage
  • Generate funds for an environmental charity by participating in the Terracycle Program
  • Collect bottle caps to support local recycling initiatives
  • Increased print-on-demand capabilities and practices reducing waste and unnecessary storage of materials
  • Identified environmentally preferred paper for marketing
  • Replaced direct mail with electronic lead generation tactics
  • Implemented electronic technology to manage projects, transfer files, and approve marketing deliverables
  • Recycle Blackberries and cell phones through e-Cycle*
  • Donate decommissioned computers to the New York State Education Department for reuse

*e-Cycle is a free service which carries e-Stewards, ISO 14001 and R2 certifications

Water

  • Installed water conserving toilets and faucets ts
  • Eliminated bottled water purchases, and encourage the use of tap water at the office and at events
  • Use ground water for irrigation of NYSERDA property instead of municipal water

Toxins

  • Prioritize vendors that use low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and organic products
  • Purchase low-VOC carpeting and office furniture
  • Support alternative pest management practices (such as Integrated Pest Management) that minimize the use of pesticides and non-native species
Last Updated: 09/19/2013