Case Study: Columbia University

Columbia University

Greenhouse Gas Accounting & Climate Strategy Development

Issue:

Gotham 360 adopted a stakeholder-driven strategic approach to assist Columbia University in the creation and deployment of a comprehensive Sustainability Plan. Our process established committees and task force groups to pursue green initiatives and collaborate on ideas – unifying the various stakeholders around the shared vision of a more sustainable campus.

Result:

Gotham 360 was responsible for the creation and maintenance of the University greenhouse gas inventory, inclusive of all Scope 1 and 2 emissions. We participated in the Greenhouse Gas task force and represented Columbia University in the groundbreaking New York City Carbon Challenge, “One City Built to Last.”

Details:

In 2017, Columbia University launched its first Sustainability Plan. This document has a three-year (2017-2020) temporal scope focused on strategies that will help advance the University toward a series of sustainability-driven goals by 2020. Where applicable, the goals of the University have been aligned to those of New York City and State policies.

Ongoing Engagement:

The carbon inventory developed by Gotham 360 informed the University’s first formalized document bringing together sustainability efforts from a myriad of departments around campus. The plan was the result of a 16-month focused collaboration with students, faculty, administrators, and scientists working across departments to create a three-year, operations-focused roadmap to create a more sustainable University. Ongoing initiatives include: Baseline data gathering and analysis STARS data collection and reporting Sustainability review of peer institutions Stakeholder mapping and engagement Benchmarking and goal-setting Behavior modification management strategies Customized plan development, writing and editorial support

Over the past 10 years (2006 baseline), Columbia University has reduced gross energy consumption by 4 percent while growing square footage by 7 percent

Since 2006, Columbia has reduced absolute carbon emissions by 29 percent.

Through the NYC Clean Heat program, Columbia converted 113 buildings and 87 boilers from oil to gas, resulting in an annual energy reduction of 326,820 total MMBtu.

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Woman Owned

Women Owned

When Gotham 360 was founded in 2007, there were just over 7.8 million women-owned businesses nationally. As of 2018, roughly 12.3 million companies in the U.S. are led by women, employing nearly 9.2 million people, generating $1.8 trillion in revenue. Women-owned businesses are a driving force in the modern, global economy

WBENC Certified Women-Owned Business

Gotham 360 takes stewardship of the environment very seriously. Likewise, we have built our business model around creating a lasting, positive impact on the lives of women – both in and out of the energy industry. Through strategic partnerships, mentoring programs and ongoing community involvement, Gotham 360 is empowering young women to change the world. As a proud WBENC Certified Women Owned Business, Gotham 360 embraces the organization's credo that "Diversity promotes innovation, opens doors, and creates partnerships that fuel the economy."

“To be recognized as an enterprising woman is both a great honor and extremely humbling. Like many women who try to do too much, I can often feel like nothing is being done as well as it could be and that goals are not being attained. Taking the time to step back and truly review the achievements made has been very satisfying.”

Mentoring Tomorrow's Leaders

In the male-dominated field of energy, Gotham 360 has made it a priority to collaborate with young, ambitious women looking to break into the business. We are proud to support and actively participate in a number of mentorship programs, geared towards women: iMentor – Gotham 360 employees partner with high school students, assisting them through college application process and providing additional support during the first year of college. The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Entry Program (CSTEP), Sister to Sister Program at Barnard College – Each year, Gotham 360 collaborates with Barnard College students, offering interested students a chance to seek career advice and internship opportunities in their relevant fields of study, including the energy sector. QuestBridge Quest for Excellence NYC Award – The Excellence NYC Award is a local initiative of the national QuestBridge Quest organization. Gotham 360 works with QuestBridge Quest, to create opportunities for talented, high-achieving, low-income high school students – helping them navigate through academic and life choices. Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) – Jennifer Kearney was selected as a keynote speaker, to share her knowledge in career planning, time management and other life skills to college students.

“Women are starting 1,200 new businesses per day – they are inventing products, solving problems, creating jobs and supporting their communities. The impact is undeniable and the growth is unprecedented, but we have a long way to go before reaching parity.”

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Case Study: NYU Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center

Generating Cost Savings In Both Flexible and Non-Flexible Energy Operations

Issue:

With an energy spend exceeding over $40M across all energy types, NYU Langone Medical Center, consisting of the NYU Medical Center (Superblock) and six additional portfolios, sought to partner with a knowledgeable company to manage day-to-day transactional execution and overall energy procurement activity for two different building types.

Result:

Gotham 360 employed a creative approach to energy procurement to achieve the lowest unit cost while managing the overall risk of budget variance for both flexible and non-flexible facilities.

Details:

NYU Langone Medical Center consists of two different types of facilities – those that feature a cooling capacity that is provided by both electric and non-electric assets, and those that lack this specific operational flexibility. Gotham 360 was able to generate savings in both facility types through two approaches: utilizing time-of-day pricing and dynamic peak shaving for flexible facilities, and pursuing deregulated energy products that contain more fixed positions to manage overall cost risk for less-flexible facilities.

Ongoing Achievements:

Gotham 360 has been providing several energy management services to NYU Langone Medical Center since 2008, which have included establishing a Demand Response Strategy, a monthly invoice review, and working closely with its finance department to develop annual utility cost forecasts. Since 2012, Gotham 360 has also supported the “Energy Building” project, consisting of an 8MW gas turbine, a 1.7MW steam turbine generator, and two standby boilers. Gotham 360’s research and analysis became the underpinning of the investment in a combined heat and power system. When the project was completed, the Gotham 360 team enacted a dynamic purchasing approach to secure the source fuel for the CHP system, while monitoring the positions taken on natural gas daily. In addition, Gotham 360 continues to provide support of CHP development, assisting in energy efficiency incentive programs and working to evaluate alternate financing mechanisms.

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