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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 Implementer NYSolar Smart, NYC Solar Partnership

Tria Case, Esq., is the University Director of Sustainability and Energy Conservation for the City University of New York (CUNY). Since 2006 Ms. Case has led the development and the implementation of multiple Federal, State and City 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. Additionally, 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. Ms. Case also 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. 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.


Ronald Spalter

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Ron Spalter serves as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the City University of New York. In this capacity he has responsibilities for pursuing the University's goals with respect to productivity and efficiencies, sustainability including energy conservation, and introducing new information systems and practices to further the goals of an integrated University. Prior to joining the Chancellery, Ron served in several positions at Borough of Manhattan Community College, culminating in his appointment as Vice President for Administration and Planning; and at City College, serving as Director of Human Resources and University Vice President. His experience during his 40 years at CUNY includes oversight of several hundred million dollars in construction, as well as developing and deploying information system applications and infrastructures. He has also managed large operating and capital budgets and has been accountable to more than 10 college presidents for a broad range of administrative activities including Finance, Facilities, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Enrollment Management, Information Technology and Economic Development. He has chaired or served as Treasurer for several campus and University related corporate entities.   Ron uses the tools of change management to support CUNY’s efforts to conserve energy by managing our facilities in a sustainable fashion, and helping our community achieve greater energy consciousness.  He also serves as a member of the COO’s emergency management team. Ron received his B.S. in Business, Magna Cum Laude, from LIU in 1969 and earned an MBA from NYU in 1971. Ron has taught Business Management at BMCC, Higher Education Administration in the Graduate School of Education at NYU, and currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Higher Education program at Baruch College's Graduate School of Public Affairs.

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