New York State colleges and universities encouraged to become cleaner and greener

Editor’s Note:  This article first appeared in the International Development Journal, an online journal offering a platform to engage in debate and discussions on global policies and current affairs.

On 21 December 2016, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, announced the availability of $US 2 million worth of funding to help 62 universities and colleges become cleaner and greener. Such programs are intended to power communities for generations to come, create new jobs and fight the effects of climate change.

Now in its second year, the initiative is intend to help these institutions “to further their progress in developing and executing clean energy projects on campus, in the classroom and in the communities.” They are expected to help New York State to meet its target of 50% of its energy coming from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Applicants can apply for up to $US 150,000 in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority cost-shared funding to be used to hire an external, third-party energy consultant. The consultant will support the university in its energy planning, the setting of carbon or energy reduction goals and helping to establish a roadmap action plan to address campus energy usage ultimately resulting in decreased greenhouse gas emissions. Campuses may also apply for an additional $US 4,000 in funding to pay the costs of a student intern who can assist the consultant with the completion of the roadmap.

One of Governor Cuomo’s priorities since taking office has been to develop the state’s clean energy economy through his Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). This funding opportunity is intended to help contribute to this objective as a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system. “New York is becoming cleaner and greener with some of the nation’s best colleges and universities helping us to lead the way” he has said, adding that, “This funding will help support these institutions fight climate change and create sustainable, energy efficient communities in every corner of the state.”

Applications will be received and judged on a first-come, first-serve basis. They will be received up to 31 July 2018 or until the funds are exhausted. More information about this climate change funding opportunity can be found here.

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