The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
The Sustainability Institute is a function of the Molloy College Office of Advancement. Its mission is to promote transformative education both on and off campus consistent with the values of advancing the common good, environmental protection, ethical business practices, and civic responsibility, especially in the areas of implementing clean energy, reducing environmental toxins that impact public health, sustainable land use planning that preserves open space, and sustainable use of resources.
The Sustainability Institute provides a convening function at Molloy College that reaches out to Long Island's civic and environmental leaders, business executives, and government officials, bringing representatives of various interests together, in order to identify mutual interest in support of an agenda of a sustainable economy and society.
Through classroom presentations and experiential learning, the Sustainability Institute helps students gain and understanding of how social change is accomplished, while developing their leadership skills to better serve both their future professions and the larger community. The Sustainability Institute acts as a clearing house to guide students who are interested in becoming involved in environmental issues towards student or off-campus organizations, faculty initiated programs and classes.
The Sustainability Institute Releases Policy Analysis White Paper
At the annual Earth Day meeting of the Long Island Clean Energy Leadership Task Force held on April 29, 2022, the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College released a policy analysis white paper calling for a bold, new policy requiring solar PV on new commercial buildings. The paper was the product of collaboration amongst Task Force participants, and authored by Sustainability Institute executive director, Neal Lewis, and research director, Andrew Manitt. The paper is titled, Should All New Commercial Buildings Be Required to Include Solar PV? White Paper (PDF)
Sustainability Institute Awarded Energy Efficiency Grant Extension
The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College was recently awarded a two-year extension of a competitive New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant that they have administered since 2015. The Long Island Green Homes initiative was initially awarded nearly $2.4 million and has been implemented by 10 partnering not-for-profit organizations and Long Island towns. The Sustainability Institute maintains its role as lead applicant and coordinator on the project.
Long Island Green Homes is a non-profit collaborative partnership of Long Island Towns, community-based organizations and Molloy College helping Long Islanders improve their homes and to use energy more wisely in their everyday lives.
Via one-on-one support from experienced Energy Navigators, the Long Island Green Homes Initiative continues to help thousands of Long Island homeowners connect with New York State and PSEG-LI programs that provide free home energy audits and access to financing and rebates for money-saving energy improvements. Audits and upgrades are done by local, certified contractors. The primary function of the Long Island Green Homes initiative is to assist homeowners to navigate the sometimes-confusing array of rebates, incentives, and financing programs, and to provide trusted third-party advice on how best to improve their homes' energy performance. In addition to reducing a home's carbon footprint and saving the homeowner money, Long Island Green Homes stimulates job growth and business opportunities, promotes sustainability and protects the environment -right here on Long Island.
Since 2015, this granted project administered by the Sustainability Institute advances Molloy's core values of promoting transformative education in the broader Long Island community by empowering individuals to take action to make their homes and lifestyles more sustainable; and providing positive solutions. This project has had a direct, positive impact on all three dimensions of sustainability - environmental, economic and social equity - on Long Island.
"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 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."
Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)
The Sustainability Institute has been working with the Nassau and Suffolk county legislatures for three years, and now both have now adopted Open Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing. Factsheet about Open C-Pace (PDF).
C-PACE (also known as Energize NY Finance) is a program eligible local governments in New York State can opt in to, that allows property owners to finance the cost of clean energy upgrades to their commercial or non-profit property with no out-of-pocket expenses, and payments that are less than the ongoing savings on energy bills. C-PACE can finance up to 100% of a clean energy project; terms can be customized up to the expected life of the improvement; and the financing automatically transfers to the new owner if the property is sold.
Energize NY Finance enables eligible commercially-owned buildings in to secure funds to tackle significant energy upgrades and renewable energy projects for existing buildings, and incorporate renewable energy in new buildings. The money-saving potential of efficiency and renewables have been widely recognized for years, and C-PACE helps building owners overcome many of the obstacles that can cause them to put off investments in clean energy. This program has the dual benefit of saving building owners money and creating green jobs in the building and energy fields.
This financing structure is available through the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) for projects that aim to install permanent improvements that reduce energy costs in existing buildings. EIC is a local development corporation and a New York State nonprofit established specifically to assist local government and property owners achieve long-term energy savings and/or generate renewable power for use on site.
Renewable Energy on Long Island
Molloy Staff in Sustainability Film Streaming on Netflix
Sustainability Institute communications director, Demosthenes Maratos featured in environmental documentary. Read more about his groundbreaking film now streaming on Netflix.
Brookhaven became the first township in the nation to require digital carbon monoxide detectors in homes as a result of campaign spearheaded by the Sustainability Institute. Read more about the Brookhaven law...
Sustainability Green Guide
• Why Green Living?
• Recycling on campus
• Conserving water
• Conserving energy
• What makes the new buildings "green"?
• Green cleaners on campus
• Dining Goes Green
• Organic Land Care
• Tips for Living Green on Campus
• The Sustainability Institute
• Environmental Studies Major/Minor
• The Sustainability Policy and Practices Minor
• Earth Week
• Get Involved with the Student Earth Club
The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College is leading efforts to raise awareness of an important mechanism now available in both Nassau and Suffolk that provides long-term, fixed-rate funding to private building owners for energy efficiency projects to be installed in both existing and new commercial properties across the Island. The program is called Commercial-PACE, and the attached fact sheet will provide more information.