State Agency Representatives
Attend NYPA-Sponsored "Green" Building Workshop
June 5, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
opened its doors Monday to almost 30 representatives from a
wide-range of public agencies from the New York City Transit
Authority and Long Island Railroad to the New York City School
Construction Authority, and public colleges including State
University of New York campuses in Purchase, Westchester, Suffolk
and Dutchess, for an orientation workshop on the U.S. Green Building
Council’s (USGBC) LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) process and accreditation.
NYPA’s main administrative office here, the
Clarence D. Rappleyea Building at 123 Main Street is the first
existing building in New York State to achieve the LEED Gold-EB
(existing building) designation and is among only 19 such Gold
facilities, new or existing, in the nation. The course was held in
the Jaguar Room on the ground floor of the Rappleyea Building.
“NYPA has a long history of providing
energy-efficiency services for publicly-owned facilities across the
Empire State, including most of the agencies represented at this
workshop session. Our focus now and in the future is on building
sustainability. We want to lead the way so that others can make the
same commitment and achieve similar results,” said Frank S.
McCullough, Jr., Chairman of the Power Authority.
The all-day orientation session provided an
overview of the LEED building certification process plus information
on the test required to earn LEED accreditation. Once an individual
successfully receives LEED accreditation he or she can lead efforts
to secure LEED certification for a building. The session was given
by Sebesta Blomberg, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm,
which also served as NYPA’s consultant on the LEED process for its
White Plains building.
In response to Governor Eliot Spitzer’s goals, all
state agencies and departments are seeking opportunities to enhance
energy-efficiency practices and adopt the LEED sustainability
concept at their administration buildings and operating facilities.
NYPA’s sponsorship of this initial building sustainability
introduction is a step in that direction.
In addition to two earlier sessions in White
Plains, NYPA has held this LEED Workshop in New York City, Albany,
Syracuse and Buffalo, with combined attendance totaling over 200.
Eight Workshops have been planned with Monday’s session being the
seventh. State and municipal officials interested in attending the
eighth and final LEED Workshop should contact Andrea Phillips,
business development facilitator, NYPA, at 914-390-8048. The final
Workshop will be held this summer with the date to be scheduled
shortly. Seating is limited so attendance is on a first-come,
NYPA’s Gold-EB designation signifies that its
17-story building, meets the rigorous LEED performance standards in
five key areas: sustainable site development, energy efficiency,
water savings, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The USGBC developed the LEED program in 2000 to
establish a nationally-accepted benchmark for new environmentally
sustainable construction. In 2004, the council broadened the LEED
program to existing buildings like NYPA’s office building, which was
constructed in the early 1980s and purchased by the Authority in
NYPA’s designation was built upon an earlier $3.4
million effort in 2002, which resulted in a 50 percent reduction in
energy usage compared to 1990 levels. This surpassed a 35 percent
reduction that state-owned buildings are required to achieve by 2010
under an Executive Order issued by former Governor Pataki in 2001,
and renewed in January by Governor Spitzer.
The Power Authority has financed more than $110
million in energy-efficiency projects, bringing its total financing
to $1 billion since the late 1980s, which results in annual
tax-payer savings of $100 million, eliminates 1.9 million barrels of
oil foreign oil a year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
annually by 810,825 tons.
■ 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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