Local colleges win grants for clean energy projects

Several local colleges will receive $1 million state grants to develop plans for clean energy projects on their campuses and in their communities.

The University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology submitted proposals as part of the Energy to Lead Competition that began in 2015, according to information from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The governor announced the winners Oct. 25 at RIT’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability.

Applicants were required to submit projects demonstrating innovation in one or more of the following areas: project design, business model, partnerships and/or curriculum integration. Schools and universities also were required to describe the project’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions, how they would measure success and how they would use the funding to advance the project.

The competition is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and open to two- or four-year public or private colleges or universities.

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