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NYS Sen. Joseph Griffo & Clarkson University Pres. Tony Collins Announce $150,000 Grant for Energy Efficiency

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- New York State Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I, Rome) and Clarkson University President Tony Collins today announced that the University will receive $150,000 from New York State's share of the federal Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds to make buildings like Clarkson's Alumni Gymnasium more energy efficient.

In New York State, the POCR funds are administrated by the New York Power Authority (NYPA). griffo-2-20-2009

One of a number of potential energy conservation projects, plans call for the retrofitting of the half-century-old athletic facility with new energy-efficient windows and doors, lowering the University's consumption of natural gas and electricity. Other planned improvements include lighting upgrades in the Cheel Arena and CAMP building, and new, energy-efficient motors for HVAC systems.

"I am pleased that I could assist in obtaining this grant," said Griffo. "Clarkson is recognized nationally as a leader in energy and environmental education, and their plans for a more sustainable campus show that they are willing to put into practice what they teach. I also commend NYPA for their partnership with the University."

"We are grateful for the help that Senator Griffo has provided to us in securing this funding," said Collins. "We also thank NYPA for partnering with us in this program. This is just the latest project that demonstrates Clarkson's commitment to building a greener campus."

The POCR awards stem from the proceeds of court settlements relating to major oil company violations of federal price controls in the 1970s and 1980s. The funds are used to defray the cost of energy efficiency improvements at schools and public facilities.

Since the inception of this program, NYPA has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in energy-efficient lighting, heating, ventilation, and energy control systems in buildings throughout the state. All together, those projects are cutting energy costs by nearly $100 million per year, avoiding the release of almost a million tons of greenhouse gases.

The University's newest building, the Technology Advancement Center, is aiming to achieve LEED Certification and was designed and constructed in accordance with Clarkson's commitment to the environment. Its heating, air conditioning, and electrical power requirements are met by three small microturbine units. The building also features solar panels, providing supplemental heating for domestic water, and a rainwater harvesting system for flushing toilets.

The Alumni Gymnasium was built in two parts in the early 1950s. It was dedicated in 1956 and features a bronze plaque to the memory of the 41 Clarkson students who lost their lives in World War II.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: New York State Senator Joseph Griffo (right) and Clarkson University President Tony Collins today announced that the University will receive $150,000 from New York State's share of the federal Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR) funds to make campus buildings more energy efficient.

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