SU among four colleges in state to share $5M for energy projects

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday announced over $5 million in awards to four colleges and universities to help them achieve deep energy savings and combat climate change under the Energy to Lead Competition program. Sharing the funding will be the City College of New York Building Performance Lab, New York Medical College, Syracuse University, and Vassar College.

Combined, the projects are expected to save 4,604 metric tons of carbon annually, the equivalent to removing almost 4,000 cars from the road each year.

Syracuse University will receive $1.3 million and will use the funds to conduct a retrofit project on an existing 8-unit campus dormitory building, leveraging creative, cost-effective solutions to develop, analyze, and implement net zero energy performance. The project will evaluate the impact of renewable energy sources, high efficiency systems, and occupant-centric smart building controls to increase energy savings.

Students will participate in energy modeling, simulation, and evaluation of building performance. The project will also be promoted and shared with the local community through an exhibit at the University’s Museum of Science and Technology.

Syracuse University Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu said, “Syracuse University is proud of the broad cross-disciplinary team applying expertise from Architecture, the iSchool, and Engineering to a real-world problem in sustainable energy. Not only will the project provide a proof of concept for a NetZero retrofit of an existing building but will also take into account human factors in the built environment. Most importantly, it will provide a rich research environment for our students during the retrofit and after, as they track performance metrics and qualitative feedback on the project.”

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