NYPA celebrates Earth Day 20 Different Ways

Maura Balaban

April 16, 2010


WHITE PLAINS—To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) “Green Team” will be out in force this month to promote the environment at more than 20 Earth Day activities across New York State.  In addition to hosting Earth Day events for employees and tenants at NYPA’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental and Design (LEED)-certified administrative offices in White Plains and at its Niagara Power Project, a “Green Team” of NYPA representatives is fanning out across the state to celebrate Earth Day in a variety of different ways.

“The modern environmental movement turns 40 this year, and as it expands—to encompass things like environmental justice, green buildings and the development of a whole new sector of the economy in the form of green jobs—NYPA’s efforts to help preserve our planet for future generations are expanding with it,” said Richard M. Kessel, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “I’m proud of the Power Authority’s longstanding commitment to the environment, but even prouder of all NYPA has accomplished recently to be in the forefront of the business trend to operate in the healthiest, most environmentally-sound manner possible.”

Following is a list of Earth Day events either hosted directly by NYPA or at which NYPA will participate:

Saturday, April 17

Sunday, April 18

Tuesday, April 20

Wednesday, April 21

Thursday, April 22

Friday, April 23

Saturday, April 24

Sunday, April 25

Wednesday, April 28

Thursday, April 29

NYPA is one of the cleanest electric utilities in the nation, thanks in part, to a diversified energy mix including: almost 80 percent of its electricity produced by renewable, pollution-free hydropower; deployment of advanced pollution controls; and use of the lowest-emission fossil fuels.

In addition to its emphasis on clean generation, NYPA is a leader in promoting electric transportation and energy efficiency initiatives, and the development of clean energy technologies.  Most of these projects are found at public facilities, with the resulting efficiency improvements helping to reduce taxpayer-funded energy costs.   NYPA recently upgraded its administrative offices in White Plains, earning New York State’s first Gold EB designation for existing buildings under the LEED certification process administered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Earlier this year NYPA introduced a comprehensive Sustainability Action Plan to integrate sustainable practices into all facets of NYPA’s operations.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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