The SUNY Canton campus is comprised of a twenty building complex and associated facilities of approximately 1,100,000 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 Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 88, 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.
- Make energy efficiency and conservation one of the primary factors in the decision making process of all campus departments and entities.
- 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 designs for all new construction and renovations using LEED as the guiding principle.
- Include considerations of energy efficiency, life-cycle cost, and suitability for the purpose intended in the criteria for equipment selection.
- Regularly review and implement heating and air conditioning policies with sensitivity to the importance of energy conservation.
- Track utility consumption on a monthly basis and cumulative rolling totals compared with historic consumption, to benchmark use against Executive Order 88 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.