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Clean energy a top priority

Printer-friendly version Posted Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 - 10:00

Joining with more than 50 other colleges and universities across New York State, Alfred State has signed the REV Campus Challenge as a pledge to implement clean energy projects on campus and in the local community.

The initiative is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy (REV) strategy to build a clean, resilient, and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. The REV Campus Challenge obtains commitments from two- and four-year public and private colleges and universities to demonstrate clean energy leadership in greenhouse gas emission reduction, research and development, curricula integration, and community engagement. It is a joint initiative between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

“The college has a long history of being a leader in sustainability, including classroom instruction, building a Zero Energy Home on the Wellsville campus, and leading a $2.8 million NYSERDA grant on clean energy training across New York State,” said Dr. Craig Clark, vice president of Economic Development at Alfred State. “We look forward to continuing to lead through the REV process.”

The initiative has identified three distinct membership levels: Participant, Achiever, and Leader. Alfred State has chosen to be a “Leader,” meaning, according to the NYSERDA website, that the college has demonstrated the value of comprehensive campus clean energy investments, is embracing clean energy research and development and curricula efforts, and is looking to increase engagement with its community.

“Alfred State students have a passion for innovation, sustainability, and helping others,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of the Center for Civic Engagement. “This initiative will support ongoing community engagement that leverages technology and promotes practices to support clean energy and sustainability.”

Alfred State’s first step to joining the Challenge is creating or updating a roadmap for managing energy use and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As a Challenge member, Alfred State will also engage in peer-to-peer mentorship and knowledge-sharing with other institutions to increase the rate of clean energy project development.