University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation
City University of New York
ria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability for the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2006 Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple U.S. Department of Energy, NYSERDA, and NYPA funded solar programs on behalf of New York City and now New York State, leading to a significant growth in solar capacity and a more than ten-fold increase in installation companies. One of the current focuses of Ms. Case’s work is to identify and addresses soft or 'Balance of System' costs for the implementation and adoption of solar in NYS. This work is being conducted collaboratively through NYSolar Smart, a program Ms. Case developed that is supported by Federal and State Initiatives. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ms. Case formed the Smart Distributed Generation Hub, with City, State, and Federal participation, in an effort to integrate solar and DG into emergency power and resiliency deployment. In addition, Ms. Case coordinates and provides resources to CUNY’s 24 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY’s energy consumption through the Sustainable CUNY Conserves program. Ms. Case has secured funding for a $1-million dollar revolving loan fund, the Sustainability Investment Fund, which supports projects on CUNY campuses producing energy savings and other sustainability benefits. Ms. Case also serves as Vice President of CUNY Ventures Inc., Sustainability Division. Formerly, Ms. Case served as the Director of the office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development Corporation and received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.