The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will give Cornell $1.65 million in incentives for energy studies and project work to develop a smaller carbon footprint, accelerating the university toward its goal of net-zero carbon for the Ithaca campus by 2035.
Cornell will earn a $1.2 million project incentive award from NYSERDA’s Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge, provided by the agency’s Clean Energy Fund, to unlock cost-effective carbon reduction opportunities for large institutions.
“As New York transitions to a clean-energy future, a key component is minimizing the energy consumption of existing buildings,” said Mark Howe, director of Utilities Distribution and Energy Management. “Energy conservation for existing buildings provides immediate direct energy savings. Energy conservation helps to avoid the need to build additional generation facilities, enabling a faster track to a clean-energy future.”
Over the next 3 ½ years, the Facilities and Campus Services Division will install heat recovery systems at Duffield Hall, the Biotechnology Building and S.T. Olin Hall (adjacent to Baker Lab) in order to reclaim warm air that is normally exhausted outdoors, Howe said.
Additional projects will upgrade mechanical systems and controls in 25 buildings that manage heating, cooling, water and air conditioning throughout each building.
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