• Office of Energy & Sustainability

  • Sustainability and Energy Task Force

    The Sustainability Advisory Committee was first put together in July of 2009 made up of Students, Faculty and Staff from all four Yeshiva Campuses.  The goal of the Committee was to complete ACUPCC's final requirement, a Climate Neutrality Action Plan. As the Climate Action Plan is being finalized, the Committee will unite with the Energy Task Force to continue their efforts towards carbon neutrality.


    Download the inaugural issue of the Energy Task Force newsletter, Green Energy Matters (PDF)

    The sustainability of the environment and proper utilization of our natural resources is a responsibility that Yeshiva University shares with the rest of the country. In 2006, when energy prices skyrocketed causing a 30 percent increase in the cost of heating, lighting, and air-conditioning of our facilities President Joel decided that something had to be done.

    President Joel asked Jack Zencheck, the University's Chief Procurement Officer, to head a committee with the following mission:

    • analyze energy use and cost for the University
    • benchmark our costs against similar educational institutions in New York City
    • develop a list of potential cost-cutting measures and ways to approach them
    • review funding options for in-depth studies
    • competitively procure energy requirements
    • comply with the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)

    The Sustainability & Energy Task Force includes University trustees, staff, faculty, and students. Much work has been done, including energy studies, procurement contracts for natural gas, oil, and electricity, and encouraging President Joel to sign the ACUPCC, which he did in November of 2007. The committee now includes in its mission sustainability, recycling, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and education.

    Chair: Jack D. Zencheck, Procurement Services

    Committee Members:

    Michael Winkler
    Energy and Sustainability

    Andrea Moore
    Energy and Sustainability

    Don Summers
    Yeshiva University, Security and Transportation

    Jonathan Mantell
    Yeshiva University, University Housing & Residence Life

    Rose Snyder
    Undergraduate Environmental/Energy Club

    Yosef Hoffman
    Undergraduate Environmental/Energy Club

    Joseph Cook
    Yeshiva University, Administrative Services

    Alan Secter
    Yeshiva University, Institutional Advancement

    Peter Pessoni
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Plant Operations

    Cecilia Haas
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Facilities

    Rabbi Robert S. Hirt
    Vice President Emeritus of RIETS for Education and Administration

    Richard Civitano
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Operations and Maintenance

    Stanley Raskas
    Yeshiva University, Board of Directors

    Anthony Chibbaro
    Environmental Health and Safety

    Christina Barrentine
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Supporting Services

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