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April 18, 2010

Congressman Israel Secures $357,000 To Create Green Building Institute At Farmingdale State

College Will Train Public in Green Building Design and Construction

President Keen with Congressman Israel at the Green Building Institute Press Conference
President Keen with Congressman Israel
at the Green Building Institute Press Conference
Congressman Steve Israel announced today that he has secured $357,000 in federal funds for Farmingdale State College to establish a Green Building Institute. This interdisciplinary initiative will draw upon the traditional strengths of the College, and its legacy in environmental sustainability, in sharing its expertise with the public in the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings. The mission of the GBI is to significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of structures on the environment and on the occupants of the buildings, so as to meet the needs of both current and future generations.

“I’m on a mission to create new jobs by transforming New York into a clean energy innovation economy,” Congressman Israel said.  “Long Island is already showing leadership by cultivating new clean technology businesses, but a well trained workforce is equally important. That’s why I worked hard to secure $357,000 for the new Green Building Institute at Farmingdale State College. Education is essential and this institute will be a valuable new resource for Long Island.  If we can train the next generation of graduates to be experts in alternative energy building solutions, we will be able to create new clean energy careers and support our local businesses.”

"This initiative will give us additional and valuable opportunities to share our expertise with municipalities, government agencies, and the public to integrate green building design and construction," said President Keen. "I want to thank Congressman Israel for his vision in tackling energy issues, his ideas in helping Farmingdale State connect with important constituencies, his support of this effort, and his national leadership on issues of energy and environmental conservation."

Congressman Israel has been in the forefront of the most important national issues, including the environment. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee as well as the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the Department of Energy. He is a leading proponent of energy efficiency, solar energy, alternative fuels, and green energy policies.

The GBI effort will include participation from faculty in the Architectural Design and Management, Construction Technology, Landscape Design, Electrical Engineering Technology, and the Solar Energy Center. Working with municipalities, agencies, and the public in training, workshops, and seminars, the institute will address such needs as alternative energies, alternative construction materials, storm water management, "green" roofs and walls, developing sampling techniques for monitoring indoor air quality, and water efficient landscaping.

In addition, the GBI will provide economic analysis and consultation in alternative land usage, cost-benefit analysis of alternative construction materials and energy systems, and the economic impact of green building construction.

Development of the GBI is beginning immediately with the introduction of its first programs expected to take place this fall. Farmingdale will partner with local organizations in implementing the program, including Eastern Suffolk BOCES.

Farmingdale State College has a rich legacy in addressing environmental issues dating back to its inception in 1912 as an agricultural institute. Now the largest of the technology colleges within SUNY (with 7,000 students), Farmingdale has conducted pioneering hydrogen fuel cell technology for vehicles, established the first accredited Solar Energy Center in the Northeast, and is planning to expand the existing solar panel array on campus to further help reduce its energy costs. In addition, Farmingdale has the largest fleet of electric/flex fuel campus vehicles of any college on Long Island.

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