What are the Energy New York Awards?

Each year the NYECC honors organizations and/or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional qualities of vision, innovation, and leadership in strengthening the energy reliability and economic competitiveness of New York by presenting them with an ENYA. The ENYA honors organizations and individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership and innovation in smart energy use and conservation, and whose work has impacted beyond their individual buildings or sites.

At a time when reducing our carbon footprint while ensuring electricity grid reliability is so imperative, we are pleased to honor those who have made significant impacts in this area at our annual ENYA event.” - Diana Sweeney, Executive Director - NYECC

2017 ENYA Winners & Nominees

Daniel Levin, Bright Power; Gary Fescine, BlackRock, Inc.; Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, NYS Assembly; Diana Sweeney, EnergyWatch; Phil Skalaski, Durst Organization

Daniel Levin, Bright Power; Gary Fescine, BlackRock, Inc.; Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, NYS Assembly; Diana Sweeney, EnergyWatch; Phil Skalaski, Durst Organization

  • ENYA WINNER: BlackRock, Inc., under the leadership of Gary Fescine, for undertaking significant energy conservation measures and reducing the demand of a data center by more than 50%.  A project it undertook with its landlord, Rudin, was used by the Mayor’s office and paved the way for the creation of the Landlord / Tenant Carbon Challenge in 2017.
  • ENYA WINNER: Richard Cohen, NYU Medical Center, for his sustainability and energy efforts.   Under his leadership, despite growing by over 1.3 million square feet from 2005 through 2016, the portfolio of NYU Langone and NYU Lutheran has achieved an energy intensity reduction of 18% and a carbon intensity reduction of 24.4%.


  • ENYA NOMINEE: Richard Yancey, The Building Energy Exchange, for providing innovative resources to enable widespread adoption of energy efficiency.
  • ENYA NOMINEE: William Beck, Credit Suisse, for meeting the NYC Carbon Challenge – achieving a 40% reduction in carbon intensity – in just three years.   
  • ENYA NOMINEE: Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, for creating the NYC Carbon Challenge program and more recently creating the NYC Carbon Challenge for Owners and Tenants.  
  • ENYA NOMINEE: Tom Feeney, Peter Cooper Village & Stuyvesant Town, a leader in the NYC Carbon Challenge for Multifamily Buildings and one of the first to earn an Energy Star Rating.

  • Gary Fescine, Director, Global Head of Facilities Building Operations, Blackrock, Inc.

BlackRock, Inc. is a global investment management corporation with more than 70 offices in 30 countries, headquartered in New York City.  Blackrock has been an outstanding leader in the development of Owner & Tenant engagement strategies and programs.

Over the past three years, BlackRock has undertaken a number of important energy savings retrofits.  Working as a participant in the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, BlackRock identified several energy reduction opportunities.  Firstly, and completed in early 2014, was a data center load reduction at its 40 E. 52nd Street location, cutting the demand of its data center by more than 50%.  Secondly, a lighting upgrade was completed in 2015, consisting mainly of LED retrofits, and is expecting to yield an annual cost savings of $180,000.   Thirdly, during 2015, BlackRock installed 75 new power meters across its NY campus to gain additional insight into when, where, and how the facilities were using energy.

Finally, last year, a joint venture was initiated between Rudin Management Company (Ownership) and BlackRock at the 40 E. 52nd Street location.  Ten air handling units were retrofitted with VFD enabled, premium efficiency motors for all return and supply fans.  In addition to the energy and cost savings, retrofitting these air handling units will allow for greater operational flexibility in matching tenant needs with a potential for future demand response opportunities. The project is slated to yield an annual energy savings of 850,000 kWh and approximately $160,000 in cost savings, with an ROI of about 1.2 years.  This case study was used by the Mayor’s office and paved the way for the creation of the Landlord / Tenant Carbon Challenge in 2017.

BlackRock is currently planning to implement further measures through 2018 that were identified in a 2016 energy audit.

  • William Beck, Managing Director, Global Head of Critical Engineering and Sustainability, Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse Group is a global financial services company headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. The New York City campus, located at Eleven Madison Avenue and One Madison Avenue, host a diverse mix of space types including offices, trading floors, data centers, conference center, staff restaurants and a fitness center. 

In addition to his critical engineering infrastructure responsibilities, William Beck leads the strategic planning for Credit Suisse’s energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts globally. Credit Suisse accepted the NYC Carbon Challenge for commercial offices in 2013, committing to reduce the emissions intensity of their New York City tenancies by 40% from 2006 levels by 2023.  Credit Suisse has reduced its carbon intensity and met the Challenge goal early, achieving a 40% reduction in 2016. 

In support of its Corporate Climate Action Plan, Credit Suisse met the 40% goal via several strategies:

·Increased the productivity of real estate floor area through implementation of activity based working.

·Decreased the electrical consumption of plug loads through automated vacancy switching controls.

·Decreased the electrical consumption of information technology equipment through desktop and network upgrades.

·Decreased the electrical consumption of air conditioning and ventilation equipment through efficiency upgrades.

·Decreased the electrical consumption of mechanical and electrical systems through optimization of control sequences.

Additionally, Credit Suisse has embarked upon a NYC campus renovation program focused on delivering architectural and engineering innovations. The renovation program includes a complete conversion to LED lighting coupled with integrated controls that optimize lighting levels, ventilation, fan speeds and space temperature requirements mapped to occupancy demand. Technology architecture was also upgraded to virtualize the desktop computer and supported by high efficiency network equipment and cooling systems. 

Through operational improvements taken over the course of the past 10-years, Credit Suisse’s New York City campus has reduced their cumulative metric tons of CO2e emissions by the approximate equivalent of 7,000 cars and reduced their cumulative energy consumption by the approximate equivalent of 5,000 homes.

Richard Cohen, VP for Facilities Operations, NYU Langone Medical Center


Despite growing by 1,359,990 square feet (2005 baseline vs. 2016), the collective portfolio of NYU Langone and NYU Lutheran has been able to achieve a staggering reduction of 18% in overall energy intensity (MMBtu/SqFt) and a carbon intensity reduction of 24.4% over the same time period. The underlying rationale for these dramatic accomplishments lies with the leadership of Mr. Cohen, under whose tutelage a comprehensive, diverse, and highly successful energy management program has been both developed and deployed.

The Energy Building is the centerpiece of NYU Langone’s plan to become a resilient and reliable medical center. With a new combined cycle CHP plant, emergency generation, and backup dual fuel boilers, the Medical Center has the ability to become self-sufficient in the event of a utility power interruption, with two different sources of backup power for all critical areas.

Mr. Cohen has turned efficiency and sustainability into priorities within new construction. As a result, the NYU Langone organization is seeking LEED gold or platinum certification for the Science and Kimmel buildings.

To improve existing systems, a real-time energy metering and monitoring system was installed in 2012 at the Main Superblock campus. In tandem with the extensive training and expertise of the staff under Mr. Cohen’s supervision, this has brought about an improved efficiency in the chilled water plant in excess of 10%. The system has since been expanded to three additional buildings.

Mr. Cohen’s triumph can also be illustrated in his extensive efforts to mentor young professionals in our industry. His active approach to sharing knowledge and fostering career growth has produced one of the most highly effective teams of engineering professionals in the Greater New York metro area.

  • Richard Yancey, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Director, The Building Energy Exchange

As the founding Executive Director of the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex), Richard Yancey has led all aspects of the creation and growth of the organization.  An independent nonprofit, BE-Ex connects the real estate and design communities to energy and lighting efficiency solutions through education, exhibits, technology demonstrations, and research.  BE-Ex works closely with the City and State to drive energy efficiency in buildings, which are responsible for nearly 70% of NYC's greenhouse gas emissions. 

BE-Ex identifies opportunities, navigates barriers to adoption, brokers relationships, and showcases best practices in their downtown Manhattan energy efficiency center of excellence, which, in just over two years, has provided more than 500 trainings and events attended by over 12,000 building decisions-makers.

BE-Ex focuses on new and existing commercially available technologies, helping to accelerate adoption. BEEx delivers highly regarded forums and trainings that educate the industry, drive action, and spur collaboration. It also advances change through stakeholder engagement, convening market actors, and hosting events of partner organizations. From proof-of-concept demonstration projects to interactive exhibits, its work showcases new technologies and provides innovative resources to enable widespread adoption of energy efficiency. BEEx develops critical resources to motivate change, curates successful case studies, provides in depth analyses of significant energy efficiency opportunities, and issues calls-to-action that indicate a clear path forward.

Notably, BE-Ex’s annual social media campaign, Daylight Hour, has engaged more than 10 million people on social media, with over 650 offices, in 20 different countries, turning off the lights in over 100 million SF of daylit space, on the summer solstice.  Also, BE-Ex created WISE (Women in Sustainability and Energy), a popular program series that serves to identify, promote, and nurture women in energy sustainably, efficiency, and engineering careers.

  • Tom Feeney, Vice President Facility Operations and Engineering, 

    StuyTown Property Services, Peter Cooper Village & Stuyvesant Town


The StuyTown Property Services team dedicated to improving building operations, energy performance, tenant comfort, and sustainability at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village (StuyTown). StuyTown features 11,250 residential units, and it is among the first multifamily buildings in the country to earn the Energy Star Rating. StuyTown is also a leader in the NYC Carbon Challenge for Multifamily Buildings, a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction program that is helping New York City reduce citywide emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.                          

Tom Feeney, VP Facility Operations and Engineering, leads the energy and maintenance team at StuyTown and has completed numerous energy efficiency projects resulting in reduced energy use and GHG emissions across the 80-acre campus. Projects include interior and exterior lighting upgrades with common area LED fixtures and bi-level LED fixtures in the stairwells, installation of instantaneous hot water heaters, implementation of a sophisticated BMS system with temperature sensors in every building, and upgrades to the single-pipe steam heat vacuum return system, which makes steam at much lower temperatures. They have also installed BMS controlled louvers in the elevator shafts and stairwells, reducing energy loss due to stack effect and improving the building envelope performance of StuyTown’s 110 buildings.

Looking toward the future, Tom and his team are exploring the feasibility of installing distributed energy resources including solar PV, cogeneration, and battery storage. This localized production of electricity and heat on-site would offset a portion of the complex’s demand for grid-purchased electricity and natural gas. Additionally, the proposed battery storage assets would enable peak load shaving, participation in utility demand response programs, and improve resiliency.

These energy improvements are the result of thoughtful planning, analysis, and forward-thinking leadership, serving as a leading example for multifamily properties in New York City and beyond.

  • NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Owners and Tenants, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
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The NYC Carbon Challenge program is a voluntary leadership program for the city’s largest colleges, universities, hospitals, multifamily buildings, commercial owners and tenants, and hotels who have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% or more over the course of ten years. These participants represent leaders in climate action and energy efficiency, helping New York City achieve its goal of reducing GHG emissions 80% by 2050. To date, over 100 participants totaling more than 9% of citywide square footage have made the NYC Carbon Challenge pledge.

Because the energy used in New York City’s one million buildings represents 73% of citywide GHG emissions, improving the efficiency of the city’s existing building stock represents the greatest opportunity to reduce citywide GHG emissions. Commercial buildings account for roughly 30 percent of NYC’s emissions, and the energy used in leased interior space accounts for between 40 to 60 percent of total energy consumption in a typical commercial office building. However, commercial owners and tenants face a range of barriers to meaningful coordination that delay or prevent uptake of energy efficiency and cost saving measures.

In the beginning of 2017, to help provide the industry with solutions to these coordination barriers, the City launched the NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Owners and Tenants. Participating commercial owners and tenants have committed to work together to find unique and creative solutions that will enable greater energy efficiency and sustainability improvements than either party could achieve on its own.                                                        

Currently, the program includes 13 commercial owners and 28 commercial tenant participants, totaling almost 75 million square feet of commercial real estate in New York City. Commercial owner participants include the Durst Organization, Related, RXR Realty, SL Green and Vornado. Tenant participants include BlackRock, Credit Suisse, Google, Pfizer, UBS, and Viacom.