EV Charging Station Ribbon Cutting

May 1, 2019

Over the past year, the Y has made a concerted effort to become more environmentally friendly and focus on social responsibility, one of the three focus areas of the Y. With 30,000 members and the Y being a cornerstone in the community, they know they can have an even greater impact supporting green initiatives that will reduce their carbon footprint and provide members the opportunity to do the same.

The Y has recently been working with Apex Solar on installing five electric vehicle charging stations that are now available for members to use at no cost. The charging stations are fully compatible with most electric vehicles and feature 2 ports for charging, allowing for up to 10 vehicles to utilize the stations simultaneously. The charging stations were fully funded through grants from NYSERDA and National Grid.

John Pecora, CFO of the SRYMCA helped coordinate the effort to get the EV stations installed.  According to John, “Members with EVs will now be able to charge their cars while they are using the Y.  An hour of time on these chargers will provide approximately 25 miles of driving time.  Projections are that one in four new cars sold globally by 2030 will be electric and as we progress toward this the EV chargers will become an important benefit that we can provide to our Y members.  Driving an EV can cut greenhouse gas emissions to half of what they would be with an internal combustion engine vehicle.  We’re proud that the Y can be a leader in encouraging more environmentally responsible behaviors and considerations.”

The Y has also recently implemented the following green initiatives:

They’ve recently made recycling inside their branches easier by installing new recycling bins in prominent locations for both plastic and paper.

The Y is working with Nexamp, Inc. on a community solar project which will allocate 250kw of power annually, at no cost to the Y, generated by a community solar farm in Troy, NY. This is nearly one third of the power used annually by their Saratoga Springs Branch.  Through the Ys participation in the Nexamp Solarize My Bill program, and their commitment to participate in the community solar farm, they will offset 192 metric tons of CO2 over the next twenty years, which is the equivalent 508,661 miles by the average car.

The Y is also working with JouleSmart Solutions on installing variable frequency drives on 10 of their HVAC units, LED lighting, refrigeration and kitchen ventilation equipment, maintenance strategies and the use of Smart Grid programs. JouleSmart installed its Integrated Intelligence Gateway, which was custom configured to the specific needs of their Saratoga Springs Branch. The IIG is continuously connected to JouleSmart’s proprietary, cloud-based system, providing real-time ActiveOversight™. Through these improvements the Y will see substantial improvements in operating performance and significant reductions in energy use.