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N.Y. Power Authority President Carey Appointed to the National Board of United States Green Building Council

Connie Cullen

October 5, 2006


WHITE PLAINS—Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), has been appointed to the 2007 Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  The USGBC is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry, and works to encourage development of buildings that achieve the triple benchmark—people, profit, planet—as they are healthy places to live and work, profitable to build and operate, and environmentally responsible.

“It is an honor to be appointed to the 2007 Board of the U. S. Green Building Council, an organization whose commitment to environmentally sustainable development I deeply share,” said Carey.  “Working under Governor Pataki’s guidance, at Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and now with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), I have been given tremendous opportunities to show that good environmental practices mean good business.  I look forward to contributing to the council’s continuing efforts to help transform the built environment through the use of environmentally-sound methods and practices.”

“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Tim Carey sit on the 2007 Board.  Tim’s expertise in implementing sustainable projects—including The Solaire, the first LEED Gold certified residential high-rise building in the United States—along with his incredible passion, vision and commitment to sustainability, will be an asset to the council’s future,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, USGBC.

Carey’s initial term on the USGBC board is for one year.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of BPCA, from May 1999 to September 2005, Carey helped formulate the environmentally-balanced development guidelines for new construction in Battery Park City located on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. Those procedures led to The Solaire’s precedent-setting construction in 2002 and Gold certification in 2002 for the 27-story building under the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This has been followed by further sustainable development, with eight green residential buildings and the world headquarters of Goldman Sachs ultimately to rise at Battery Park City.

Carey also spearheaded the 92-acre community’s recovery after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center located across the street.

In September 2005, Carey was named the Power Authority’s chief operating officer before becoming its president and chief executive officer in February 2006. A key element of his leadership has been building on the statewide public power utility’s reputation for environmental responsibility with the aim to be the cleanest, greenest power company in the United States. This has included undertaking measures to earn LEED-EB (existing building) certification for NYPA’s White Plains administrative offices, which has already benefited from a recent $3.4 million energy-efficiency initiative.

Founded in 1993, the USGBC has been focused on fulfilling the building and construction industry’s vision for its own transformation to high-performance green building.  Membership in USGBC includes 6,300 member companies and organizations representing building owners, real estate developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies and others.

Driving its efforts to transform the “built environment,” USGBC’s LEED rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  Buildings can be LEED-certified, on various levels, depending on five performance standards for what constitute a green building:  human and environmental health, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

In the past four years, USGBC’s membership has tripled and over half a billion square feet of building space is participating in the LEED Program.

The USGBC Board, recently expanded to 18 directors, guides the council’s strategic direction and focus; with programs and activities conducted by over 80 staff professionals.

A lifelong resident of Westchester County in New York, Carey graduated from Westchester Community College and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Albany State University.  His career in public service includes serving as a cabinet member to Governor Pataki as Director of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs, as Chairman and Executive Director of the New York State Consumer Protection Board and as a Westchester County Legislator for five consecutive terms.  He was also appointed by President Bush in 1991 to serve as a member of the Welfare Simplification and Coordination Advisory Committee which authored the report, “Time for a Change:  Remaking the Nation’s Welfare System,” published in 1993.

Carey currently serves as Chairman of the Westchester Community College Board of Trustees and on the Advisory Board of the Rockefeller College of the University of Albany.

Carey and his family are the subject of a book by Samuel Freedman entitled “The Inheritance”—how three families and America moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and beyond.  The book traces the lives of those families and how their political transformation mirrors changes in America’s political landscape over the past 60 years.

Carey and his wife Alida reside in the town of Cortlandt.  They are the proud parents of a daughter, Dawn, and three sons, Thomas, Sean, and Brian and have six grandchildren. Carey has written and lectured on issues of government and politics.

 About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.


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