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Our Focus...


•conserve energy •
• reduce energy consumption •
• minimize electric waste •

Key Achievements...


Since 2011 Hunter has achieved nearly an 18% reduction in the College's source energy use intensity (EUI). The reduction is higher than State average which has had a notable 8.8% reduction in source EUI for State facilities since 2011. With our consistent track record, Hunter is near complete towards accomplishing the State-mandated goal to reduce source EUI 22% by the year 2020.



Since July 2017 when Executive Order 26 was signed into policy, Hunter has already reduced the College's GHG emissions by 9% (from the reporting baseline year of 2008). With an interim goal to reduce emissions 35% by the year 2025, Hunter is on a promising path to success.

Our Practices...

Energy-Efficient and HVAC Capital Upgrades:

  • Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning systems affect all areas of Hunter's campus buildings. Continual upgrades and renovations to the HVAC system such as timers on AC units, digital air controls, retrofitted steam traps and modernized boilers improve the energy efficiency of the College's operations as well as reduce the campus' energy consumption
  • With support from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), Hunter has upgraded to high-efficiency air compressors to supply the main campus with heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The energy used to power these compressors is substantially reduced in comparison to the compressors formerly in place

Peak Load Management Program:

  • Peak Load Management Program: Hunter participates in Peak Load Management programs to reduce its share of the burden on New York's power grid during extremely hot summer days. On a few of the very hottest days, the College reduces capacity and powers down Facilities equipment and HVAC operations that it would normally keep running

Powering Down:

  • Select escalators and elevators are powered down during Hunter's off-peak season and on evenings and weekends to conserve energy when Hunter's Main Campus is less heavily occupied

Occupancy Sensors:

  • 90% of all rooms on Hunter's campuses are equipped with occupancy sensors, to control the overhead lighting. If a sensor does not detect motion inside a room for 15 continuous minutes, the lights in the room automatically shut off

#4 Fuel Oil:

  • At the Hunter High School and Elementary School Campus (HCCS), Hunter's Department of Facilities transitioned campus boilers to run completely on #4 Fuel Oil starting 2015. Boilers are primarily used for space heating, thus increases in fuel oil consumption are typically observed during the City's winter months. Transitioning to #4 Fuel Oil is an industry-recognized best practice for improving enviromental health and reducing harmful emissions during colder seasons. #4 Fuel Oil is a preferred choice for improving sustainability performance as its fuel properties include a lower sulfer content and heavy metals load than traditional #6 Fuel Oil

LEED Buildings

  • Hunter's Silberman School of Social Work became LEED Certified in 2016. As a LEED certified building, the Silberman campus generates less waste and consumes less energy than traditional buildings

Cool Roofs

  • Hunter Main Campus' East and West Building roofs are painted white to mitigate NYC's known "heat island effect" -- Restoring traditional black, tar-coated roofs with paint specially formulated to deflect solar heat helps reduce a building's heat load or intake, while also moderating the degree of air conditioning needed to cool such buildings on particularly hot days

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