Energy Policy Statement
The SUNY Canton Campus is comprised of a seventeen building complex and associated facilities of approximately 750,000 square feet. The majority of the structures were built during the late 1960’s. These structures are typical of the period but do not meet current energy codes. SUNY Canton’s focus on energy concerns is a result of the Governor Pataki’s Executive Order 111, deregulation of the energy sector and the institution of energy related curriculums at the college.
SUNY Canton commits to be aware of the following tenets regarding our energy related actions:
- To achieve steady progress on energy conservation and cost control, top level leadership is necessary.
- Energy efficiency and conservation should be one of the primary factors in the decision making process of all campus departments and entities.
- As a public institution we have a responsibility to promote energy efficiency and awareness among students, staff and the community at large.
- Promote opportunities to employ renewable energy technologies on campus, support clean energy research and community based clean energy initiatives.
- Commit to principles of environmentally sustainable building design for all new construction and renovations using LEED as the guiding principle.
- Equipment selection criteria will include consideration of energy efficiency, life cycle cost and suitability for the purpose intended.
- Heating and Air Conditioning policies will be regularly reviewed and implemented with sensitivity to the importance of energy conservation.
- Utility consumption will be tracked on a monthly basis and cumulative rolling totals compared with historic consumption, to benchmark use against Executive Order 111 and the yearly utility budget.
- Participate with SUNY Energy Buying Group to aggregate electrical and natural gas loads to reduce utility expenditures.
- Investigate non traditional funding sources and private companies to develop energy conservation and efficiency projects.
- Consider the reinvestment of savings realized due to energy conservation projects to fund additional conservation measures.