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NYPA's White Plains Administrative BuildingWe're getting greener all the time

123 Main Street has done it again, earning another GOLD-EB rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

NYPA’s main administrative office, at 123 Main Street in White Plains, has been recertified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Known officially as the Clarence D. Rappleyea Building, NYPA’s 17-story site was awarded the first Gold-EB (existing building) rating in New York State in 2006. Six years later, with additional green building features, 123 Main Street has become the first LEED project of its kind in Westchester County to be recertified.

Our recertification, announced in 2013, is also in line with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Build Smart NY” initiative to reduce energy use by state facilities 20 percent by 2020

Among the features that contributed to our LEED recertification in White Plains include:

  • Water-use reductions from a comprehensive landscaping maintenance system, low-flush toilets and reduced-flow bathroom faucets.
  • Indoor air quality improvements through the use of environmentally friendly paints, carpets made from recycled materials and green cleaning products.
  • Expanded recycling of paper, bottles, cans and other disposables.
  • Clean commuting options, including incentives to use mass transit and designated parking spaces for electric vehicles, complete with subsidized charging stations.

New NYPA office interiorAnd there’s more: In 2011, a renovation of the White Plains building’s fifth floor earned NYPA a separate LEED Silver rating for commercial interiors. The designation recognized a floor plan that provides increased access to natural light, pre-wired wall panels that allow more flexibility for work space layout and greater use of recycled building materials.

The Power Authority will continue to green its buildings and its operations for the benefit of its employees, visitors to its facilities and the people who live and work in New York State.

sustainability works!

The Power Authority’s Sustainability Action Plan is helping NYPA further reduce its environmental impact and “go green” in every area of its operations throughout the state.

Solar cells at NYPA administrative buildingThe Power Authority continues to add green building features to its facilities around New York State including: solar photovoltaic panels at several sites, indoor office spaces designed with better access to natural light, a warehouse with high-efficiency insulation, a fuel cell for heating and cooling, electric vehicle charging stations and window film that helps maintain comfortable temperatures year-round.

Nypa and the u.s. green building council

The New York Power Authority shares the U.S. Green Building Council’s vision of changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated.

NYPA's green warehouse in NIAThe Power Authority is pursuing additional LEED ratings at other facilities around the state, including its three visitors centers in upstate New York. In 2013, NYPA earned a LEED GOLD award for new construction after building a state of the art warehouse at its hydroelectric power plant in Western New York. Its green features include more efficient insulation and indoor air quality filters, on site storm water management and maximum utilization of daylight for 75 percent of the building's interior.

NYPA also has conservation engineers on staff who are LEED accredited professionals, qualified to help Power Authority customers and stakeholders improve the sustainability of their own facilities.