NYSERDA Announces CUNY Kingsborough Community College as 100th Rev Campus Challenge Member

Nearly Half of New York’s Colleges and Universities Are Implementing Innovative Clean Energy Projects and Principles on Campus, in the Classroom and in Surrounding Communities

June 28, 2018

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that CUNY Kingsborough Community College is the 100th REV Campus Challenge member in New York State. The initiative, which launched in 2015, supports clean energy efforts by recognizing and supporting colleges and universities that implement clean energy projects on campus and in surrounding communities. This milestone builds on the progress of Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system and grow a clean energy economy for all New Yorkers.

REV Campus Challenge members include two-and-four year, public and private institutions from all regions of New York State. Since its launch, the REV Campus Challenge has recognized institutions for clean energy activities and engaged dozens of institutions around New York for clean energy achievements and engaged dozens of institutions in shaping the Challenges next steps. It has also made available $9 million in funding to support a wide range of clean energy activities.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said, “I commend REV Campus Challenge member colleges and universities for their unwavering commitment to solving critical energy challenges on campus and in their local communities. Including the next generation of environmental stewards and innovators in our energy goals will provide significant continuity to New York’s ability to achieve Governor Cuomo’s energy agenda to build a stronger economy and healthier environment.”

Members can achieve one of three levels under the initiative: Leader, Achiever or Participant. Leaders have invested in clean energy projects across their campuses, embraced clean energy curricula and research and development, and have engaged with their communities. Achievers are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and have dedicated staff to focus on clean energy investments. Participants have demonstrated a focus on jump-starting their institution’s commitment to clean energy, engaged in energy efficiency opportunities and investigated the potential for on-campus renewable energy projects.

The following table highlights REV Campus Challenge members in each region of the state:

REV Campus Challenge Members Achievers Leaders Participants
Total 100 35 24 41
Capital Region 10 3 1 6
Central NY 9 5 4 -
Finger Lakes 7 2 2 3
Long Island 5 2 1 2
Mid-Hudson 12 5 4 3
Mohawk Valley 6 2 - 4
New York City 30 12 7 11
North Country 6 1 1 4
Southern Tier 5 2 2 1
Western NY 10 1 2 7

View a map showing all REV Campus Challenge Members organized by membership level.

“Kingsborough Community College (KCC) has been proactive on sustainability issues for many years and is committed to CUNY’s goals to be more energy efficient, reduce energy usage, and educational events that promote energy conservation. To help spread awareness about sustainability, KCC has convened a Sustainability Council constituted of students and faculty whose mission is to develop educational programs and technology initiatives that apply to its campus operations and community,” said Ed Rios, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Kingsborough Community College. “By joining the REV Campus Challenge, KCC will have additional support and resources needed to help meet our goals for environmental, academic, and community goals through clean energy solutions.

The REV Campus Challenge also administers the Energy to Lead Competition, which awards up to $3 million to the colleges or universities with the leading solutions for implementing replicable clean energy projects that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New York State awarded $1 million each to Bard College, University at Buffalo and SUNY Broome Community College through Energy to Lead 2016. Winners for Energy to Lead 2017 will be announced in summer 2018.

Members are also eligible for up to $150,000 in support through NYSERDA’s Roadmaps Technical Assistance program to kick-start their campus clean energy efforts. Under the program, REV Campus Challenge members will partner with an energy consultant to gain greater understanding of campus energy usage, culminating in the development of a comprehensive plan or roadmap for managing and reducing on-campus energy.

To learn more about becoming a REV Campus Challenge member, visit here.

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