NYPA’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for government facilities save taxpayers money while they help clean the air. We have upgraded lighting and sensors in buildings throughout the state, installed boilers and chillers, mounted solar panels, replaced windows and developed energy management systems. We have also installed energy-efficient refrigerators and instant hot water heaters in public housing facilities. (Example: Dulles State Office Building, Watertown.)
NYPA also partners with state universities to develop Green Zones in which traditional, polluting equipment is replaced with clean alternatives - both commercially available and new technologies. The program is targeted for parks, college campuses and other limited access areas. We work with our partners to identify appropriate equipment and provide technical assistance and co-funding to help with purchase and implementation. Participants are asked to provide data on the performance of the new vehicles and equipment and we calculate resulting emissions reductions and fuel savings.
NYPA has worked to make its own facilities as energy efficient as possible, and in 2006 we were awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Award for our 25-year old administrative office facility in White Plains, the first existing building in New York State to earn this coveted award for environmental health and energy-efficiency. We are well positioned to provide advice and other assistance to government units seeking to green their own buildings.