University Attains “Achiever” Status in New York State’s REV Campus Challenge
Yeshiva University has received recognition from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its efforts to improve the University’s carbon footprint and become more energy efficient as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Campus Challenge, which seeks to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for residents of New York State.
The REV Campus Challenge, which launched in Fall 2015, recognizes and supports New York State colleges and universities that implement clean energy projects and principles on campus, in the classroom and in surrounding communities in support of this overall effort.
YU has been granted “Achiever” status in recognition of its large oil-to-gas conversion project for Zysman Hall, the Rubin and Morgenstern dormitories, and Furst Hall. In addition, most YU buildings have been converted to LED lighting over the past two years, including Zysman Hall, Rubin Hall, the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and the Samuel H. Wang YU High School for Girls (YUHSG).
The University also received a 96 grade for the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) from the rating organization ENERGY STAR, part of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. A plaque will be presented to the school acknowledging the achievement, which included HVAC and lighting upgrades. YU is currently discussing the possibility of installing a green roof at YUHSB with the city and the state.
David Pianko, energy manager at YU’s Office of Energy & Sustainability, has taken the lead on the Challenge. “The goal of these projects is always to make sure that we know that how we are spending our utility money can have a substantial effect not only on our bottom line but also on society,” he said.
Josh Joseph, senior vice president, added that “this recognition is a welcome acknowledgement of all that YU has been doing to both ‘do good and do well’—fulfilling our moral obligation to reduce the environmental effects of outdated technologies while also fulfilling our fiscal obligation to our supporters to reduce costs while improving efficiency whenever and wherever we can.”