Public Service

As an initiative of the City University of New York – one of the nation’s largest public universities and a historic driver of social change – CUNY BPL’s mission is rooted in providing public services to the city and state that we call home.

Our work in support of the City of New York in its effort to reduce carbon emissions in buildings stretches as far back as 2007’s PlaNYC, when Founding Director Michael Bobker helped shape areas for code revision and new legislation as part of a USGBC-NY project. Since then, we’ve partnered with City agencies on many long-term research, internship, and training initiatives, including:

  • The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Energy Data Lab, a unique program led by Managing Director Honey Berk that trains CUNY interns on the job as they work with the robust suite of tools developed by BPL to help DCAS assess the effectiveness of its energy investments in City-owned buildings.
  • The Sustainability Help Center, a call center and training hub for assistance with buildings legislation compliance, free and available to all in New York’s buildings sector.
  • Building Operator Training, a free operations and maintenance training program designed to help residential building operators reduce energy use, developed in partnership with the Department of Buildings as part of New York City’s OneNYC commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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