Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition on your Campus

In- Person Seminar

How New York State's higher education institutions are making campus decarbonization a reality. This seminar is open to invitees at no cost.

Listen in to DASNY and a panel of experts as they discuss how New York State's higher education institutions are making campus decarbonization a reality. 


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Charting a Path Forward - New York State's Climate Act, Executive Orders, and Local Law 97 examined. 


Panel Discussion: Learning from Peers - Hear firsthand accounts from campus experts about efforts and solutions taken to reduce emissions, and the challenges they face.

Featured Speaker's Presentations:

Host: Salvatore Renda, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP - Chief Project Manager, Upstate Design & Construction, DASNY

Featured Speakers: 

EnidEnid Cardinal, Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology. Enid Cardinal is the senior advisor to the president for strategic planning and sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology. In this role, she is responsible for the university’s strategic planning process, managing the collection and reporting of plan metrics, facilitating a campus culture of sustainability with respect to operations, curriculum, and research; and directing RIT’s efforts to achieve its commitment to climate neutrality by 2030. She co-chaired the campus comprehensive planning process, which concluded in March 2023. Prior to joining the RIT community, she was the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Illinois State University. There she expanded alternative transportation options for the community, authored Illinois State’s inaugural sustainability report, established an annual sustainability across the curriculum workshop and launched a community wide food waste composting program. She is a LEED –accredited professional and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and history from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in environmental policy from Bard College.

InduIndu Lnu, Director of Energy, University at Albany, State University of New York. Indu is the Energy Officer at University at Albany and has served in this role since 2008. She is a LEED accredited professional, Certified Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture and a master's degree in construction management. She worked in architecture, construction, and ESCO firms for 10 years prior to joining UAlbany and is knowledgeable and passionate about climate action and sustainability planning, large scale renewable energy projects, district thermal energy networks, high performance net zero energy all-electric buildings, energy conservation and behavioral change programs, digital transformation, and workforce development.

JohnJohn Pumilio, Director of Sustainability, Colgate University. John Pumilio, LEED Green Associate, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Health Coach is the director of sustainability at Colgate University. Since 2009, John has led Colgate’s sustainability program and effort to achieve carbon neutrality by 2019. Over that time, the university has reduced its campus carbon footprint by around 50 percent and in 2019 became the first college or university in New York State to achieve carbon neutrality. Successes to date include a reduction in energy, water and paper while increasing renewable energy and recycling. In 2016, John helped to co-found the Hamilton Climate Preparedness Working Group and has been helping to coordinate and lead efforts for the Village and Town of Hamilton (NY) to achieve NYS DEC Climate Smart Communities certification, which both received in 2020.



Eric McQuide, Director of Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Programs, DASNY. Eric McQuide, a Certified Energy Manager and Building Commissioning Professional is the Director, Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Programs at the Dormitory Authority or the State of New York (DASNY). In this role, Eric coordinates and implements sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental strategies to meet customer-agency budget and project goals.  He also collaborates closely with New York State agencies to advance the implementation of New York State energy efficiency and sustainability laws and executive actions, and the recommendations of the New York State Climate Action Council’s Scoping Plan. Eric is a LEED- accredited professional and holds a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and a master’s degree in energy management from New York Institute of Technology.  


Tria CaseTria Case, Esq., University Executive Director Sustainability and Energy Conservation, City University of New York. Tria Case is the University Executive Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation and launched Sustainable CUNY to support the adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency practices, innovations in clean technology and behavioral changes on CUNY’s campuses and in NYC.  Ms. Case coordinated the development of college and university sustainability plans and initiated a program to establish sustainability councils for each CUNY campus to support sustainability goals while sourcing external resources for CUNY’s 25 institutions to reduce CUNY’s energy consumption and fight climate change.  Prior to joining CUNY in 2006, Ms. Case served as the Director of the Office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development. Ms. Case developed and is managing the implementation and expansion of Sustainable CUNY’s CUNY Conserves Energy Efficiency Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Program and secures and manages multi-millions in funding for O&M projects including a revolving loan fund, the Sustainability Investment Fund, which supports energy savings projects on CUNY campuses. Ms. Case received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. 

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