Social Media Use Policy

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Social Media Use Policy

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) engages New Yorkers through many digital outlets, including nyserda.ny.gov. Communicating with NYSERDA through social media enables you to contact us in a direct and meaningful way.

NYSERDA’s social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter pages are located within host sites that maintain their own terms of service, terms of use, privacy policies or other rules (“Terms of Service”, TOS) governing the use of these sites. You are subject to the TOS of the host site when you visit a NYSERDA social media site. Information (photos, videos, messages etc.) you share with or post to NYSERDA pages may be used by the owners of the host site for their own purposes pursuant to its TOS. For more information, consult the host website's TOS.

NYSERDA may also host its own social media sites, whose site-specific Terms of Service govern your use of those sites. You agree that any information you post on a NYSERDA social media site is irrevocably, permanently licensed to New York State and may be treated by the State as public information subject to disclosure to third parties. If a copyright is indicated on a video, photo, graphic or other material, permission to copy the material must be obtained from the original source of the material before posting.

Communications made to NYSERDA through a NYSERDA or New York State social media site will not be considered formal public comment and shall not constitute official legal notice to the State or requests for records under the Freedom of Information Law. Such submissions will not be acknowledged.