The Energy Management Institute (EMI) is a training program offered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (DCAS) Division of Energy Management (DEM) in collaboration with the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies (SPS), CUNY Building Performance Lab (BPL), and the City’s Citywide Training Center (CTC).

New York City has ambitious climate mitigation goals, and aggressive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is a key strategy. Since energy use in buildings is a major source of emissions, building and energy management staff have a critical role in reducing energy. Through training, EMI helps empower City staff to make energy-smart decisions, implement operational improvements, and advocate for energy retrofits and clean energy projects across the City’s portfolio.

Today, through EMI, DEM offers a diverse set of courses that provide targeted competency-based training and integrate national certification requirements. The courses are led by experienced practitioners in the field. They are open to all City staff and offered free of charge.



The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (DCAS) Division of Energy Management (DEM) serves as the hub for energy management for City government operations. As part of that role, DEM is charged with leading the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with the goal of an 80% reduction by 2050, across the City’s built environment. DEM also manages a $700 million annual energy supply budget and a $2.7 billion 10-year capital budget to implement energy efficiency projects. Working closely with City agencies, DEM has focused on transforming energy management across the City’s portfolio of more than 4,000 public buildings by undertaking efforts in four areas: data analysis, behavioral change, energy-efficient operations and maintenance, and energy project implementation. 

Today, DEM provides agency partners with nine major types of support to help them transform energy usage in their buildings:

  1. Data Analysis
  2. Technical Guidance
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Dedicated Energy Management Staff
  5. Training and Behavioral Change Support
  6. Contracting Resources
  7. Enhanced Operations and Maintenance
  8. Funding for Energy Efficiency Projects
  9. Funding for Clean Energy Generation Projects

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The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) has partnered with DEM to manage the administration of the Energy Management Institute since its inception. Through the Office of Professional Education and Workplace Learning, CUNY SPS designs custom workplace training programs to help organizations achieve their goals. We work with employers to develop targeted solutions in a range of fields. To our partnerships, we bring knowledge of research-based learning practices as well as experience in developing innovative programs. CUNY SPS' areas of expertise include:

  • Needs assessment
  • Learning strategy
  • Instructional design
  • Online and on-campus delivery
  • Learning technologies
  • Evaluation
  • Project management

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