University at Albany
 

Energy

The University at Albany spends approximately $7 million on electricity and over $15 million in utility costs annually. In order to improve the University's sustainability efforts, the Director of Environmental Sustainability works closely with our Energy Manager to assess energy use, to promote energy conservation, and to implement green technologies and renewable energy systems on campus. These actions help reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and produce significant cost savings.

Some of our current energy programs include: the Fall Energy Campaign, the Empire Commons Electricity Bill program, the intersession savings initiative and the Change a Light campaign. Most recently, the University was awarded a NYSERDA grant to place solar panels on the roof of the Social Science building.


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Energy Campaign

UAlbany promotes the conservation of electricity consumption in it's Residence Halls (Indian, State, Dutch, Colonial, and Alumni Quads) and University Apartments (Empire Commons and Freedom Apartments) by giving students the opportunity to earn rewards for saving electricity. During the campaign, the electricity usage of each residence hall and apartment is monitored and updated weekly on the UAlbany Energy Campaign website.

Renewable Energy on Campus

The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded UAlbany a 4287,000 grant to install a solar panel system on campus. The 49-kilowatt project is located the Social Science building and generates enough electricity to power 5 homes and save 20 tons of carbon emissions annually.

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Intersession Energy Saving Initiative

During the winter intersession, UAlbany implements strong energy conservation measures from late December to early January. The Energy Savings Initiative web page posts estimated savings, building shutdown dates, and other useful information.


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Change-a-Light Campaign

Hundreds of compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are distributed to students in conjunction with our Energy Campaign to raise awareness of energy and conservation. Students can exchange their incandescents for CFLs during the first weeks of September. The incandescents are donated to a local nonprofit.

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Empire Commons Electricity Bills

The Office of Environmental Sustainability distributes simulated electricity bills to residences living in Empire Commons. Over 300 bills are given to over 1,000 students living in the apartment complex. The bills inform students about the amount of electricity they consume per month. The lowest users and those who beat their baseline are recognized by Residential Life.