In 2015, School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City issued a request for proposals to perform an energy audit to identify energy-efficiency projects on campus. SVA sought to increase campus efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease costs, and update its infrastructure. This initiative was, in part, due to SVA becoming a signatory of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Carbon Challenge, with an aggressive goal of reducing carbon by 50% by 2025.
GreenerU won its bid for work at School of Visual Arts in 2016. It first performed ASHRAE Levels 1 and 3 audits, then worked with SVA’s President David Rhodes and his facilities staff to put together an execution plan on a variety of measures. Currently, GreenerU is replacing old HVAC systems in one of SVA’s buildings with new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.