Molloy College Receives Funding for Major Projects
Molloy College was recently awarded funding through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council for two major initiatives totaling over three million dollars.
Edward Thompson, Vice President for Advancement at Molloy, noted that "these state grants recognize the leadership role Molloy College is playing on issues important to the future of Long Island. We are grateful to New York State leadership, particularly Senator Dean Skelos, for the state's consistent support."
Molloy received an Empire State Development grant of $1 million for renovation of its Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring facility (CERCOM) in West Sayville. The grant award was based on Molloy's commitment to research in the biotech arena leading to job creation and economic growth for our region. The innovative work of the Center's Director, Dr. John Tanacredi, helped position Molloy for this award.
"I've been in this business for over 40 years, and I must say we are incredibly grateful to New York State for supporting our efforts," said Tanacredi. "We are thrilled with this opportunity." According to Dr. Tanacredi, the planned renovation will support CERCOM's estuary monitoring on the Great South Bay, as well as captive breeding and aquaculture programs related to horseshoe crabs (whose replenishable blood provides means for detecting contamination of sterile medical equipment and pharmaceuticals).
Additionally, the College's Sustainability Institute won a competitive New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant. The award will provide almost $2.4 million over three years for the Long Island Complete Green Homes project, to be implemented by 10 partnering not-for-profit organizations and Long Island towns. For its role as the lead applicant and coordinator on the project, the Sustainability Institute is being awarded $475,000.
The Complete Green Homes program is designed to promote nascent clean energy industries on Long Island, including solar, geothermal, electric vehicles, carbon monoxide safety, and home energy performance contracting. Support of this program from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Economic Development Council will help to create 21st century jobs in the clean energy sector.
"This initiative is grounded in a vision of homes at the forefront of a fast expanding green energy economy," said Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College. "It is a vision for the future, but also something we can start to achieve now as we provide homeowners with the tools to analyze their home's energy performance, and take advantages of incentives and financing to retrofit their homes with solar, geothermal, energy efficiency, and electric car chargers. The Long Island Complete Green Homes program is an innovative way to protect the environment, while also boosting the regional economy with local jobs created in Long Island's growing green energy field."