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City University of New York

As this nation's largest urban university, the City University of New York (CUNY) plays a significant role in our sustainable future with an educational footprint that spans 24 academic institutions and over half a million students, faculty and staff. With a population larger than most cities, CUNY is leading a transformational change on its campuses, in the City and throughout the State through the work of Sustainable CUNY a broad sustainability program comprised of three key pillars: CUNY Sustainability, Solar and Energy Resiliency.

Sustainable CUNY and Solar

In 2006 Sustainable CUNY established a collaborative platform aimed at implementing solutions to lower the soft costs of installing solar. Through NYSolar Smart, the NYC Solar Partnership and the Solar Ombudsmen program, Sustainable CUNY leads the implementation of multiple city, state and federal solar initiatives, serving as an objective and trusted third party on behalf of New York City and  New York State. Contact a Solar Ombudsman

Tria Case, Esq.

University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation, Lead for NYC Solar Partnership and Smart DG Hub

Tria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation for the City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to joining CUNY in 2006, Ms. Case served as the Director of the Office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development, supporting policies and programs across NYS that facilitated local government and industry in meeting NYS environmental regulations. In the initial stages of her work at CUNY, Ms. Case coordinated the development of individual sustainability plans, and a task force for each CUNY campus to support implementation. As the Sustainability Director, Ms. Case coordinates and provides resources to CUNY’s 25 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY’s energy consumption and fight climate change through the Sustainable CUNY Conserves program. Ms. Case secures and manages multi-millions in funding for operations and maintenance projects including a revolving loan fund, the Sustainability Investment Fund, which supports energy savings projects on CUNY campuses. Since 2006, Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple Federal, State and City funded solar, and now storage, programs on behalf of NYC and NYS, working with large stakeholder groups and leading to a significant growth in solar capacity, with storage expected to follow the same trajectory. Ms. Case formed the NYC Solar Partnership in 2006, working collaboratively with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in developing and implementing comprehensive plans for large-scale solar integration and the associated economic development in New York City. One of the current focuses of Ms. Case’s work is to identify and address soft or ‘Balance of System’ costs for the implementation and adoption of solar in NY, conducted through NYSolar Smart, a program Ms. Case developed. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Ms. Case formed the Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub, with City, State, and Federal participation, in an effort to integrate storage and DG into emergency power and resiliency deployment.  Ms. Case received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.



Solar Ombudsmen

The Solar Ombudsmen focus on streamlining the process of going solar and work to reduce the soft costs by leading the Working Groups established by NYSolar Smart as part of Federal, State and City initiatives. Additionally, the Solar Ombudsmen serve as resources to installers, municipalities, utilities and end users. Contact a NY Solar Ombudsman

Solar Ombudsmen Bios



Laurie Reilly

Ms. Reilly directs communications for Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York, and the NYSolar Smart Program. Reilly is the author of multiple key sustainability documents and grants and is responsible for coordinating and implementing internal and external sustainability communications across CUNY’s 24 academic institutions. Since 2006, under the direction of Tria Case, Ms. Reilly has played an integral role in implementing multiple Federal, State and City grants designed to address the balance of systems costs for installing solar including the U.S. Department of Energy NYC Solar America City Partnership, SunShot Rooftop Challenge I & II programs, and projects under the NY-Sun Initiative. In addition Ms. Reilly worked with Ms. Case to form the Smart Distributed Generation Hub.  Ms. Reilly spent 18 years as a broadcast journalist and won five New York State Broadcaster's Awards as a writer, producer and anchor for providing in depth coverage on science, technology, health and politics on both television and radio. Media questions can be directed to Laurie Reilly through nysolar@cuny.edu

IT Team

Moe Hajissa

Clement J Wu

Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI)
Hunter College, City University of New York

Support Staff

Matthieu Bouadana

Matthieu Bouadana is the business manager of the CUNY Sustainability group.  Matthieu manages sustainable projects ranging from resilient PV systems to indoor air quality.  He is also working on recruiting a bigger network for the CUNY NYCleantech Collaborative, which unites companies with a common focus of sustainability and helps members to implement projects and products which benefit the environment and community.  Matthieu holds a BA in Economics from Drew University and an MA in Sustainability from Harvard University.


Kitty Preston

Environmental & Productivity Liaison