Low-Cost Energy Conservation Programfor New York City Government: A Feasibility Study

Client: New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Faculty: Rona Affoumado and Mark Musell
Team: Sarah Hench, Vanessa Kubach, Steve Malmberg, Tanya Mújica,Devika Murray-Bacchus, David Sheehan
Year: 2005
New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) annually purchases over $500 million in electricity, steam, and natural gas on behalf of city agencies and public institutions. In an effort to reduce energy consumption and lower the cost of government operations, DCAS asked the Capstone team to explore the potential for implementing a low or no-cost, citywide energy savings program to supplement similar capital programs.The team found that a low-cost energy conservation program is a practical option for New York City because there are solid foundations already in place upon which to build. Through best practices research, data analysis, and interviews with agency officials, the team identified the necessary components of a successful program and recommended select agencies for participation in a future pilot study.