Achieving year-round comfort requires energy and investment. However, conventional heating and cooling systems are inefficient and contribute to environmental degradation. To reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy use, we must switch to zero-carbon options like energy-efficient heat pumps that run on clean energy to regulate indoor temperature.
New York State's energy and carbon reduction goals and the SUNY Chancellor's initiatives fro deep carbon savings will assist in providing a framework to encourage further investment into clean energy central plant technologies. Partnering with NYSERDA and other funding agencies will assist in the development of specific campus policies.
The committee held meetings with the National Grid to assess UB’s energy needs on a macro level. They’re looking to the purchase of batteries from NAPA to offset the demand for high energy use. The committee’s also developing pilot projects to install heat pumps as an alternative to the current HVAC system to measure efficiency and GHG reductions. In the next year, they’re looking into scalability and comparing the advantages of a decentralized vs centralized energy system for the university.