Area Happenings

St. John’s Riverside Hospital Addresses Energy Efficiency

by Ana Carolina Magalhaes, Intern

Well-known for its environmental stewardship in terms of mercury prevention, recycling efforts, waste reduction, and pollution prevention programs, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, located in Yonkers, New York (Westchester County), recently has risen to meeting a new challenge in the area of energy efficiency, with the help of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

 The new project addresses the facility’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and chiller plant in order to reduce energy costs while maximizing occupant comfort considerations of temperature and humidity control.  The project is expected to result in more than 75,000 kWh in electricity savings per year, and reduce energy costs by $15,000 annually.  The hospital expects to work with NYSERDA to develop and implement a master plan to address energy comprehensively and move toward optimum efficiency. The continued partnership with NYSERDA is expected to help the hospital to reduce its facility utility costs while still providing superior services to patients. 

Source:  “Environmentally Conscious Hospital Addresses Energy Efficiency”, Westchester County Business Journal. December 26, 2011.  Written by Elizabeth Silleck.

To read more about earlier St. John’s Riverside Projects check the following link:


Local Colleges and Universities Go Green

by Travis Mockler, Intern

Colleges and universities in the Southern New York area are taking very seriously their respective carbon footprint and its relation to climate change. In the past several years, many have begun to adopt policies and strategies aimed at promoting sustainable practices on campus. Vassar College, for example, has reduced paper waste in its dining halls almost entirely; Bard College has relied heavily on renewable energy sources to power its campus since the mid-1990’s and, in 2009, initiated a plan to install solar thermal panels in several of its residence halls. Each of these institutions, as well as several others in the region, have developed long-term plans to significantly curb their carbon output and reduce campus waste. 

Although a majority of the “greening” activities being undertaken are specific to each institution, there have been efforts to form a unified front against the irresponsible use of resources. A prominent example is the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which over 650 colleges and universities across the country have joined. Member institutions, by joining, pledge to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, promote research and educational efforts focused on climate change and pursue other means of contributing to global climate neutrality.

 Here is a complete list of the signatories from the counties within the UNA-USA Southern New York Division’s area:

  • Bard College
  • Baruch College/City University of New York
  • Dutchess Community College
  • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Nassau Community College
  • New York University
  • Polytechnic University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Purchase College, State University of New York
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • State University of New York Empire State College
  • Sullivan County Community College
  • SUNY Orange
  • SUNY Rockland Community College
  • The City College of New York
  • Wagner College
  • Westchester Community College
  • Yeshiva University

Don’t see your institution on this list? Want to find out how to promote sustainable practices at your college or university? Visit the ACUPCC website at to find out how you can make an important contribution towards achieving climate neutrality.

 Be sure to lend your voice to the UNA Energy Project at  and send articles to:       


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