Energy & Water Conservation

The description below outlines Pace policies, procedures, and practices in the areas of energy and water conservation. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
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All Campuses

On October 23, 2008, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced Pace University among one of the four new 2030 Challenge Partners to commit to his “30 in 10” challenge, with the goal of participating colleges and universities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% over the next 10 years. The challenge comes under PlaNYC, a sustainability plan launched on Earth Day 2007 by Mayor Bloomberg. Pace University will be working to achieve this goal on all of its campuses.

The first task of the Challenge was to establish the carbon emissions baseline levels and baseline year. Through aggressive energy conservation measures, we have already reduced our emissions by 5%. 

Read Pace press release
.    Read NYC press release.

Pace's Greenhouse Gas Inventory is calculated using PlaNYC's tool.  The inventory has been completed for years 2005 through 2010. 

Pace's Energy Manager is a wealth of information and accessible to the Univeristy community.  You can find Bill Batina at various events throughout the year, even guest speaking in classes, where he is educating students, faculty and staff about energy in general, and specifcially Pace's energy. 

Lighting & Temperature
  • Occupancy sensors have been installed or upgraded in most, if not all, classrooms, public lounges, bathrooms and public spaces to automatically turn off the lights when no one is present in the room.
  • Many outdated light fixtures have been replaced, and will continue to be replaced with energy efficient fixtures. All new lighting fixtures are installed with energy efficient technology.
  • Incandescent bulbs are replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs on a continual basis. This improves lighting levels and the new bulbs use about 1/3 less energy.
  • Pace's energy manager carefully monitors the pricing of the energy to time Pace's purchases with favorable market conditions.
  • Temperatures of most classrooms and other buildings are reduced during the night hours and during University breaks, such as winter break and spring break.
  • All campuses have computer controlled lighting and temperature control.  By inputting schedules into the computer, Pace can operate the systems more efficiently.  Click here to go to the Facilities Management heating and cooling policy.
  • Pace uses approximately 4500 computers throughout its campuses.  By replacing old monitors with new LCD monitors, energy consumption is reduced.  About half of Pace's computers now run with LCD monitors.
  • Visit Pace's Division of Information Technology Services (ITS) website for helpful energy saving tips.
Laundry Facilities
  • During the summer of 2008, laundry facilities were updated with front loading, EnergyStar rated washing machines which use less energy, and also 14 gallons of water less, per load, than the previous machines.  High efficiency dryers were also installed. With the new installations, and service by the Mac-Gray Corporation, students can check the status of their laundry online.  Reports of usage will also be made available to Pace's Energy Manager so that usage is documented and recommendations for increasing efficiency and decreasing costs can be made.
  • On October 7, 2007, Shirley Beth's Way was dedicated on the Pleasantville campus. Donated by Milton Feldman in honor of his wife, the walkway between Kessel and Miller Hall was renovated.  Old flood light fixtures were replaced with highly efficient fixtures to reduce the amount of energy need to light the path.  The walkway also includes a bench area with xeriscape gardening. See the 'Water' section below for more details on xeriscape.
  • In April 2012, Pace unveiled its new solar classroom, thanks in part to a grant from Con Edison. While the solar panels will help the center save money on its electrical bill, it was not the motivation behind its installation. The equipment will instead be used as a teaching tool.  Helping to design the conversion was William Misicka, a senior student in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ Environmental Studies Program at Pace. Misicka performed research on solar energy and went on a solar site survey with a contracting company. The panels provide 1.5 kilowatts of electricity to the building.
 White Plains Law
  • The Law Library in the Gerber Glass Law Center building underwent a multi-year renovation project which allowed for the installation of high efficiency lighting and improved quality of student work areas.
  • Pace Law School is leading by example as it installs 90 solar PV panels on the roof of “E-House,” home to the Energy & Climate Center and the Pace Environmental Litigation clinic. These panels will produce 20 Kilowatts of electricity, or about 20% of the building’s usage during the year. (Enough to power two average-sized homes for a year!)
White Plains Graduate Center
  • The Energy Management System in this facility will be upgraded in the 2009 fiscal year. This will allow much more reliable scheduling and temperature control in the building.
Under the leadership of Pace University's Energy Manager, Bill Batina, Pace finished replacing 10,000 light bulbs at Pace Plaza in the summer of 2007 which equates to roughly $180,000 in energy savings per year.  At the end of 2007, the campus used 1 million kilowatt hours less than it did in 2003!
 New York City
  • Pace currently purchases 5% of renewable energy credits for 1 Pace Plaza.  Pace is working to increase that number for all campuses. 
  • Over 800 incandescent light bulbs at the student apartments at 106 Fulton Street were exchanged for CFL bulbs which cut the energy costs by a third.
  • Cafe 101 (reopened in Fall 2007) and the Eddie Layton Student Union in the New York city campus (reopened in February 2005) were both renovated using new efficient appliances and lighting. A switch was made to natural gas to decrease electrical use.
All Campuses
  • Low flow toilets, showers and faucets have been installed in all residence halls.  This will be an ongoing project, replacements will be installed with efficiency in mind.
  • Pace does not water its grounds, with the exception of athletic fields which are only watered during season and by automatic timers.
Water is a scarce resource. Conserving water, especially clean water, is essential for sustainability. Individuals can be conscious of their water use, and take care not to waste water. Fixtures, such as sinks, washing machines, and showers all can be updated with latest technology to further reduce the volume of water being used every day. The New York City campus, after installing such saving devices had its meters inspected for possible malfunction because the water usage was so low!
  • Thanks to Pace’s Auxiliary Services, the Pleasantville campus now has 5 new Brita® Hydration Stations™ and 1 easy way to fill up on clean refreshing water!
The Hydration Stations™ are located at:
  • Miller Hall – 2nd floor
  • Leinhard Hall – 1st floor
  • Kessel Student Center – by the Dean’s Office
  • Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and recreation Center – by the VIP room
  • Mortola Library – 1st floor 

According to the company website, The Brita® Hydration Station™ features an advanced filtration system using a carbon-based filter that reduces lead, chlorine taste and odor, and removes 99.99% of cysts from municipal tap water. Learn more by visiting Brita®.

Don’t forget your Pace University reusable water bottle!

  • On October 7, 2007, Shirley Beth's Way was dedicated on the Pleasantville campus. Donated by Milton Feldman in honor of his wife, the walkway between Kessel and Miller Hall was renovated to include a bench area with xeriscape gardening.  Xeriscape is a form of landscaping which uses includes using plants that are suited to thrive in the climate they are planted, therefore eliminating any watering or irrigation to maintain. Energy efficient lighting was also installed to replace outdated, inefficient floodlights along the path.

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