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Some initiatives enhance facilities across the Port Authority, like our programs that address climate change, air quality, coastal ecosystems and energy. Others are focused on our facilities, like airports, the PATH, bridges and tunnels, ports and real estate.

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Port Authority Wins Energy Management Award

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BuildSmart NY is a program established by Governor Cuomo to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent at state government facilities by 2020.

Recently, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was honored for contributing to that effort.

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Port Authority officials accepted Build Smart NY's Innovation and Excellence in Energy Management Award at a ceremony in Albany. Build Smart NY conferred the award to recognize the agency's Guaranteed Energy Savings Project.

"By taking a good, hard look at current technologies and the evolving needs of our operations, [the agencies honored today] and their staff have saved taxpayers millions of dollars and helped create a greener, more efficient, and more sustainable State government," said Governor Cuomo.

The Port Authority's Guaranteed Energy Savings Project is a multi-phased effort to upgrade two of its key facilities: the Lincoln Tunnel and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Phase One of the project is complete and included installation of LED lighting in the Lincoln Tunnel – the first project of its kind in the nation. Phase One also covered motor replacement, compressed air system upgrades, and the installation of system sub-meters throughout Port Authority buildings.

Phase Two of the Guaranteed Energy Savings Project is now under way. It includes chiller, pump, and variable frequency drive replacements, as well as retro commissioning of air handling units.

The overall project budget is $8.3 million, which will yield an estimated annual energy cost savings of $900,000.

Said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye: "Environmental sustainability is a longstanding commitment of the Port Authority, and I want to thank Governor Cuomo and NYPA for recognizing our efforts to successfully reduce our carbon footprint. The installation of LED lighting and other energy conservation efforts at the Lincoln Tunnel and the Port Authority Bus Terminal will not only benefit the environment by reducing harmful emissions, it also provides nearly $1 million dollars in annual cost savings that we can use to reinvest in our region's infrastructure."

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