SUNY and NYSERDA Create Partnership to Accelerate Real-World Solutions to New York’s Energy Challenges

Memorandum of Understanding Will Encourage Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency at Campuses Statewide

January 24, 2018

The State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today an agreement to accelerate Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s clean energy agenda by establishing a robust partnership to drive campus-wide sustainability, catalyze entrepreneurship and economic development opportunities, and ensure New York produces a pipeline of skilled clean energy workers to advance the clean energy economy.

“Through Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is in a strong position to take clean energy sustainability and energy efficiency to a new level, and it is for that reason SUNY and NYSERDA can combine our assets and expertise in this area to make a significant contribution toward New York State’s goals,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “With SUNY’s 2,300 buildings – 40 percent of state-owned buildings – and a world-class team of researchers and energy experts at both NYSERDA and SUNY, we can test cutting-edge solutions on SUNY campuses to see what works best to reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy costs. When we find what works, we can expand solutions to the communities we serve.”

Alicia Barton, NYSERDA President and CEO said, “By strategically aligning our efforts, NYSERDA and SUNY will be able to create new models for driving comprehensive clean energy, education and workforce training opportunities on a system level. Our state’s college campuses and research facilities are leading by example in playing a significant role in advancing Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy agenda. They are demonstrating that investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy are a smart financial decision and that these investments, when paired with the world class educational and training opportunities offered by the SUNY system, are fueling the creation of a new generation of clean energy workforce in New York.”

The partnership is intended to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship around clean energy enabling technologies, stimulate new university-industry partnerships, assist SUNY to become a model for the community in building energy efficiency, and educate the next generation of energy industry leaders. The Memorandum of Understanding between SUNY and NYSERDA includes:

  • Investigating opportunities to expand the clean energy training capacity across the state through curriculum development and faculty and laboratory training.
  • Collaborating to create more hands-on opportunities for students with clean energy businesses through internships, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and capstone projects.
  • Supporting the development of facility-wide plans to achieve New York State’s greenhouse gas reduction goal of 40 percent by 2030, highlighting opportunities where SUNY can lead by example.
  • Providing SUNY campuses with tailored assistance to help meet and exceed all Governor Cuomo’s energy directives.

About The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. In 2015–16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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