SUNY Chancellor Zimpher and the presidents of SUNY’s four university centers today joined higher education colleagues nationally in a call on Congress and President Barack Obama to close the “innovation deficit” – the widening gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and education.
Chancellor Zimpher, University at Albany President Robert J. Jones, Binghamton University President Harvey G. Stenger, University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi, and Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley are among the signees of an open letter published that says investments in those areas lead to the types of innovation and new technologies that power the nation’s economy, create jobs, and reduce the budget deficit while ensuring that the U.S. maintains its role as global leader.
SUNY and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) this week announced that SUNY will save more than $1.2 million annually in energy costs throughout its 64 campuses by incorporating energy-efficient information technology and related facility improvements. The energy-saving projects, which are expected to be completed in 2014, support Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY Initiative, which aims to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years.
NYSERDA will provide performance-based incentives through its Industrial and Process Efficiency Program for energy-saving projects that support SUNY’s systemwide Information Technology (IT) transformation. Continue reading
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State University of New York is now accepting applications for the New York State Master Teacher Program. The program, built via SUNY infrastructure and designed to bolster STEM education in grades 6-12, was first announced by Governor Cuomo in May.
“Making sure we have the best and brightest teachers in our classroom is a fundamental part of creating a world-class education system in New York State,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Master Teacher Program will identify and reward teachers that go above and beyond for their students, as well as lay the foundation for a corps of leading teachers who will work with their peers to give our students the best education possible. I encourage parents, administrators, and school affiliated organizations to nominate their top math and science teachers to apply for this program.”
Governor Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders today announced an agreement on the Start-Up New York legislation that will implement Governor Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY plan. SUNY has wholly endorsed the plan and continues to work to help New York realize its results.
“The State University could not be more excited about today’s agreement on the Governor’s START-UP NY legislation that positions our campuses as magnets for entrepreneurs and businesses from around the globe,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher.
This week, dozens of SUNY presidents joined Governor Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Duffy, and Chancellor Zimpher at a forum on the Governor’s Tax Free New York proposal. The plan, introduced in May by Governor Cuomo on a flash tour across New York, utilizes SUNY campuses to provide a tax-free zone for new businesses, which will spur investment while taking advantage of SUNY’s higher education for human capital and business development.
The day started off with Lieutenant Governor Duffy introducing Cornell President Dr. Skorton and CNSE CEO Dr. Kaloyeros, who both Continue reading