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Energy Savings Revealed, Sustainable Practices Lauded 

The Fall 2019 Terra Award winners are, from left, Zachary Fisher, Jason Jones, Aleksandra Kovacheva and Bradley Hershenson.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 5, 2019) — UAlbany finished up its 13th annual energy campaign with a 7 percent overall reduction in energy use over the 10-week challenge.

Overall, the University saw savings of 645,169 kilowatt hours from the baseline, the average utility usage for each building. That’s a reduction of 241 tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to taking 51 cars off the road for a year.

Top building performers were the Massry Center, Life Sciences, the University Library, Colonial Quad, Freedom Apartments and Empire Commons.

At the annual energy reveal ceremony, the Office of Sustainability also announced winners of the Fall 2019 Terra Awards, which recognize contributions to campus sustainability. The four winners are:

  • Aleksandra Kovacheva, assistant professor of marketing, was recognized for sharing sustainable practices with her students, such as printing assignments on the backs of scrap paper, reusing conference name tags and incorporating sustainable practices into her marketing courses.
  • Jason Jones, UAlbany’s director of parking and mass transit, was honored for bringing the CDPHP Cycle bikeshare program to campus.
  • Graduate student Bradley Hershenson, a graduate assistant in the Office of Sustainability, won a Terra for his work in engagement and mentoring as an ambassador for sustainability on campus.
  • Undergrad Zachary Fisher, the Student Association’s director of health and sustainability, was recognized for helping to plan the Climate Strike, making sustainable self-care products and his contributions to UAlbany Students for Sustainability.

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