Two area colleges secure climate change funding

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ALBANY – New York Medical College in Valhalla and Vassar College in the Town of Poughkeepsie will each receive over $1 million to develop comprehensive and cost-effective projects that advance building decarbonization while incorporating student input and community engagement.

New York Medical College will receive $1.3 million to design and implement a campus-wide, direct digital control building management system that will combine existing systems with new, advanced controls to create a single system for campus HVAC, chiller and boiler pumps, and lighting controls.

  Training sessions will be held to help facilities staff optimize system performance and a campus climate action plan will be implemented to inventory campus greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.  The campus will conduct outreach and educational activities to inform students and the community of project progress.

Vassar College will use its $1.1 million award to construct a new, net zero emission building for the college’s Institute for the Liberal Arts along with a dashboard that reports construction and installation progress. 

It will feature real-time data monitoring to demonstrate project impacts and outcomes. 

Vassar students will contribute to the project through research and by analyzing building performance metrics to verify savings achieved through net-zero construction.