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St. Lawrence Receives Funding Award for Energy Plan

St. Lawrence University announced today that it has been awarded funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to support its first-ever energy master plan.

The new energy master plan will allow St. Lawrence’s Office of Sustainability to establish broad institutional goals to efficiently meet utility services requirements, address sustainability strategies and provide a dynamic foundation for continuous reassessment and review of utility infrastructure life-cycle strategies in concert with comprehensive academic and facility planning objectives. It will also complement the University’s facilities master plan.

“NYSERDA’s support will ultimately advance St. Lawrence’s progress toward climate neutrality,” said President William L. Fox. “The energy master plan will allow us to leverage our assets and resources – current and future – for the optimization toward environmental as well as financial sustainability.”

St. Lawrence received $112,500 through NYSERDA’s REV Campus Challenge Technical Assistance for Roadmaps Program with an additional $4,000 to support a student internship position.

“Congratulations to St. Lawrence University for their commitment to reducing on-campus energy through clean-energy solutions,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Colleges and universities play a critical role in Governor Cuomo’s ambitious energy strategy to create a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.”

Ryan Kmetz, assistant director of sustainability and energy management, will serve as the University’s project manager. Kmetz will collaborate closely with the University’s Facilities Operations to conduct the 35-week study on campus and to serve as the internship mentor. The planning process will begin in early Fall 2017. 

The REV Campus Challenge Technical Assistance for Roadmaps Program helps campuses to partner with an energy experts to gain greater understanding of campus energy usage, through the development of a comprehensive roadmap for managing and reducing on-campus energy.

For more information on St. Lawrence’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.stlawu.edu/green.