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Purchase Wins Energy Award

Purchase College is being recognized for our “Outstanding Achievement in Energy” at the 10th Annual Green Business Partnership Awards.

Each year, Green Business Partnership, a program of The Business Council of  Westchester, honors organizations for their achievement in a variety of categories: Organizational Commitment, Energy, Waste Management & Green Products, Transportation, Land Use & Water. Purchase College has been a member of the organization and achieved Green Business Certification in 2013, as the first higher education institution member.

At the ceremony on September 15th, Interim President Dennis Craig, will be accepting the “Outstanding Achievement in Energy” award on behalf of the College. Purchase is being honored for the following energy initiatives:

Executive Order 88

Reduced 20% of total energy usage from 2010 baseline due to:

  • Major LED lighting updates throughout campus including streetlights, Library and Performing Arts Center;
  • Upgraded building management system to monitor energy needs;
  • Retrofit outdated building technologies to more energy-efficient equipment

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED): The College instituted a policy that any new construction or major renovation project will be built to at least LEED Silver standards. The following campus buildings achieved LEED:

  • New residence hall, Wayback, built to LEED Silver standard;
  • New academic building, Center for Media, Film and Theater (CMFT), built to LEED Silver standards;
  • Renovation of Durst Humanities building earned LEED Gold certification

Wayback Solar

The LEED Silver residence hall, Wayback, features rooftop solar to generate renewable energy used for the building and its residents. The solar project raises awareness for renewables and provides a platform for research and energy-related curriculum. The building also uses LED lighting and water efficient plumbing fixtures. The refrigerant used in the HVAC system was specified to have zero ozone deletion potential.

Community Solar

The College is actively working with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to support a large-scale renewable energy project on campus. The proposed project would include two solar canopies, totaling four megawatts, in both our major parking lots, West 1 and West 2. The college would use part of the energy on campus and sell the remainder to Westchester County residents and businesses. This project will be an excellent demonstration of renewable energy and education to the greater Purchase community.


Purchase College is a member of the NY Higher Education Large Scale Renewable Energy (NY HE LSRE) consortium of 21 public and private higher education institutions for the purchase of large-scale aggregated renewable energy. The consortium represents one of the state’s largest aggregated purchases of renewable energy to date and will enable SUNY to help meet Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s statewide goal of having 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040.


The College is partnering with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to install energy sub-meters to monitor energy usage to the electric panel. The college will be better able to monitor energy expenses, perform predictive and preventative maintenance, contribute increased reliability for the campus and provide hands-on education learning opportunities to incorporate sustainability into the curriculum.

CHP/Energy Storage

The college has partnered with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Brenmiller Energy Ltd., a manufacturer of thermal energy storage systems on a demonstration project which will pair combined heat and power (CHP) with energy storage technology. The project will be located at the college’s gym and is expected to supply almost 100% of its thermal energy needs providing heating and domestic hot water including heating the water for the pool. The CHP system is expected to generate 50 percent of the electric power for the gym while the remainder of the power will be provided by the electric grid.

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Purchase achieved a “Silver” rating on its latest Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) report. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. The report considers all operations of the college including facilities, purchasing, energy and water usage, academics and curriculum, engagement, planning and administration.

More about Green Business Partnership

The Green Business Partnership is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that awards official green business certification to members who use their proprietary tools to achieve more sustainable operations. It is their mission to engage, educate and empower organizational leaders and staff to accelerate sustainable business, a critical step toward ensuring that all people and communities have equitable access to a safe, clean, healthy and nourishing environment.