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SUNY Directed to Increase Energy Efficiency by 20% in Seven Years

Governor Cuomo Launches Build Smart NY Initiative with Executive Order

State Agencies Directed to Increase Energy Efficiency by 20% in Seven Years

Initiative Will Save Taxpayers Millions of Dollars and Create Thousands of Jobs

 

Albany, NY (December 28, 2012)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years - one of the most ambitious initiatives in the nation that will save millions of dollars for taxpayers and create thousands of jobs while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Governor also launched Build Smart NY, a plan to strategically implement the Executive Order by accelerating priority improvements in energy performance.

"Improving energy efficiency in our buildings is a smart investment in our present and future," Governor Cuomo said. "Through Build Smart NY, state government can produce significant savings for New York taxpayers and generate thousands of jobs, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than eight million metric tons - which is the same as taking one million cars off the road for one year. Furthermore, most of the projects will pay for themselves as their energy savings will cover their costs, making this initiative a financial and environmental win-win for New Yorkers."

To read the full announcement and text of the Executive Order, see http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12282012-smartny

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