Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the launch of a clean energy competition for colleges and universities in New York State. The competition will challenge student-led coalitions across the state to develop creative ideas to aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions on school campuses and beyond. The three groups that propose the best ideas to invest in clean energy will each win $1 million to help implement their plans.

Student-led university groups, which may include faculty and other staff members, will be evaluated on their ideas to improve energy efficiency, increase renewables and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. Ideas and plans will be submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in early 2016 with awards expected later that year.