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, promote energy conservation, and 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 electric 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.