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Rockland Community College Greens its Campus with Energy Efficiency Upgrade


DATE: September 21, 2015

CONTACT: Tzipora Reitman


Rockland Community College Greens its Campus with Energy Efficiency Upgrade


RAMAPO, NY - Rockland Community College has announced a new project to reduce its energy costs by 43%, improve its building infrastructure, lower its environmental footprint, and improve indoor comfort levels. The project, expected to begin in 2016, includes major retrofits and upgrades of RCC’s heating, cooling and ventilation systems, which will reduce RCC’s purchased electricity load and enable the College to generate part of its own power, hence increasing its resiliency during emergency situations.

The project will lower the College’s greenhouse gas emissions by 800 metric tons per year and reduce water consumption by nearly 150,000 gallons per year. The campus upgrade includes the installation of 30 water bottle refill stations, which will encourage students to opt for sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic bottles. The project will also improve comfort levels and air quality and the buildings will be easier for RCC’s Plant Facilities staff to maintain.

Ecosystem, the firm that won the 2014 request for proposal for the project, is now working on a detailed study aiming at confirming the annual savings and total investments outlined in their proposal. The implementation is expected to last about a year.

“Rockland Community College, with its commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, is very excited about the energy reduction project we plan to embark upon with Ecosystem. The project plays a major role in helping us fulfill our Sustainability Mission statement, in which we pledge to sharply reduce our global warming emissions,” said Dr. Cliff L. Wood, President.

Ecosystem, which specializes in performance contracting—including hundreds of education building upgrades—will guarantee the project cost, grants and subsidies, and 95% of the projected annual savings of $560,000. The College is working diligently with the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) to fund half of the investment. The remaining investment will be financed through a tax-exempt municipal lease, a funding mechanism well established for energy performance projects. Thanksto deep building design engineering strategies and the guaranteed project cost and annual energy savings, this investment will be self-financed within 11 years.

A comprehensive communications and energy efficiency awareness program is also included in the scope of the project, ensuring that RCC’s academic curriculum will take advantage of this unique opportunity.

The project complements RCC’s successful associate’s degree program in Green Building Maintenance and Management, and offers the opportunity for on-campus experiential learning in the field.


To introduce the student body and staff to the project, a sweepstakes with a random draw for prizes (an Apple iPad Air and gift cards) will be held during Club Fest on September 24, 2015. RCC students and staff are encouraged to participate on Twitter. This sweepstakes coincides with NYC Climate Week (September 21-28) to highlight RCC’s commitment to sustainability. To learn more, please read the official rules.

About Ecosystem: Ecosystem is an award-winning, independent design-build firm offering turnkey construction and retrofit projects in Canada and the U.S. Their projects are focused on meeting clients’ specific goals: improved energy efficiency in buildings, increased productivity for industrial processes, value-added asset renewal, and green energy production. Ecosystem designs and delivers high-performance infrastructures for clients in the institutional, commercial, municipal, industrial, and real estate sectors. For each of their projects, they contractually guarantee that the results will be delivered.


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