The Laws & Regulations Driving SUNY Brockport’s Energy Management Goals

While saving energy and thus reducing our carbon footprint is just simply the right thing to do, there are also very specific goals the college must try to achieve.

SUNY Brockport is subject to multiple New York State Mandates and SUNY System Directives associated with energy and carbon reduction targets that include the following:

New York State Mandate

Executive Order 166 (EO 166) 

Reduce GHG emissions (from 1990 levels): 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

New Efficiency New York  2025 statewide energy efficiency target of 185 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of site energy savings
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) 

Carbon free electricity system by 2040 and reduce GHG 85% below 1990 levels by 2050.

SUNY & SUCF Directives/Drivers

SUCF Directive 1B-2

Commitment to clean energy. Deep energy retrofits on existing buildings. Net zero carbon new buildings.

New Efficiency New York  2025 statewide energy efficiency target of 185 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of site energy savings.
SUNY Clean Energy Roadmap  Guidelines to help accelerate progress towards NYS’s goal to reduce GHG 40% by 2030.

Working towards these goals, SUNY Brockport continues to constantly pursue low carbon and renewable technologies and operational strategies to reduce fossil fuel use/dependency, increase electrification of utility operations, and maintain resiliency and reliability.

Our Facilities Maintenance & Operations staff diligently work to identify and implement conservation-focused maintenance programs, energy studies, and capital projects to meet the college’s needs with less energy use.

Here are a few examples:

  • Upgrading lights from inefficient incandescent, fluorescent, or metal halide types to LED
  • Replacing inefficient, outdated air handling and ventilation equipment
  • Installing modern variable speed controls on water pumps and fans
  • Replacing obsolete air conditioning water chillers with modern, efficient, chillers with environmentally compliant refrigerant
  • Providing modern digital heating and cooling controls in place of obsolete pneumatic controls
  • Maintaining 130 kilowatts of solar-powered photovoltaic energy farms. 80 kw of solar panels are located at the roof of the Chapman Service Building and 50 kw is located on the roof of Tuttle North.

Please remember: The cheapest and cleanest energy is that which is not used!

Back to Brockport Today


Kevin Rice:

Posted: November 08, 2021