Governor Cuomo Announce $2 Million is Now Available to Support Clean Energy Projects at 62 Colleges and Universities

Funding through REV Campus Challenge initiative to help schools improve campus efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, engage local communities in support of Clean Energy Standard

December 21, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $2 million is now available to the 62 college and university REV Campus Challenge members to further their progress in developing and executing clean energy projects on campus, in the classroom and in their communities. Colleges and universities are helping drive clean energy activities to help New York reach its Clean Energy Standard of 50 percent of the State’s electricity to come from renewable energy resources by 2030.

"New York is becoming cleaner and greener with some of the nation's best colleges and universities helping us to lead the way," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will help support these institutions fight climate change and create more sustainable, energy efficient communities in every corner of the state."

Through the Roadmaps Technical Assistance Program, REV Campus Challenge members can apply for up to $150,000 in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority cost-shared funding to hire a third-party energy consultant to help with energy planning, set carbon or energy reduction goals and establish a roadmap action plan to address campus energy usage, resulting in decreased greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to receiving up to $150,000 in technical assistance through the REV Campus Challenge Roadmaps Technical Assistance Program, colleges may request a $4,000 bonus to cover a stipend for student interns to assist in the completion of their roadmap.

"Governor Cuomo has made it a priority to scale up New York’s clean energy economy and build a more resilient and affordable system," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul who shared the news during Governor Cuomo's Southern Tier Sustainable Development Conference. "The $2 million in additional funding for the Reforming the Energy Vision Campus Challenge will enable colleges and universities to further develop programs that will power their communities for generations to come by cutting costs to consumers, creating new jobs and combating climate change."

Announced in 2015, REV Campus Challenge spurs commitments from two-and four-year public and private colleges and universities to demonstrate clean energy leadership through greenhouse gas reduction, research and development, curricula integration and community engagement. More than 60 colleges and universities have signed the REV Campus Challenge, pledging to implement clean energy projects and principles on campus and in their local community.

New York State Chair of Energy and Finance Richard Kauffman said, "There is a unique urgency with students in fighting climate change. Students are acting every day, seeking solutions for a cleaner energy system and driving clean energy innovation. I'm pleased under Governor Cuomo, we are supporting so many colleges and universities as part of the REV Campus Challenge as together, we work to protect our environment for decades to come."

NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, "This funding offers REV Campus Challenge members the opportunity to kick-start clean energy projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency on campus and beyond. Colleges and universities are working to turn ideas into actions to help the State achieve Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean-energy goals for building a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers."

New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, "Given that NYPA already works with many State University of New York campuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, we’re excited about the next chapter in the REV Campus Challenge. I have no doubt many great ideas will emerge that will serve as a model for colleges in New York and beyond."

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis through July 31, 2018 or until funds are exhausted. More information about this program is available at Roadmaps Technical Assistance Program.

REV Campus Challenge is a joint initiative between NYSERDA and the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Colleges choose from three membership levels – Leader, Achiever or Participant -- to indicate their current progress in adopting clean energy. Members at every level have the opportunity to receive public recognition for their progress and achievements, and have access to tools, resources and funding to augment in-house expertise to turn clean energy project ideas into actions.

For information on how a college or university can become a REV Campus Challenge member visit REV Campus Challenge.

REV Campus Challenge aims to harness the innovation of colleges and their students to help New York State reduce greenhouse gases and grow the clean energy economy. Through an aspect of REV Campus Challenge called “Energy to Lead,” Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College have received awards of $1 million each to be used by student-led coalitions that designed and developed innovative plans for campus and community-wide clean energy projects. These three projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 17,000 cars off the road each year.

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 600 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York State reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally-recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.

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