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Manhattan School of Music and Con Edison Team Up for an Energy Efficiency Duet

Programs Make Local Law 97 Energy Efficiency Compliance for Buildings More Affordable

Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is lighting the way for the next generation of musicians, reducing the school’s carbon footprint, and complying with Local Law 97 with the help of Con Edison’s Commercial and Industrial Program, and Instant Lighting Incentive.

Through these and other programs, the school has improved lighting and HVAC controls that reduces its annual energy bill by more than $140,000 and its CO2 emissions by 496 metric tons. That’s the equivalent emissions of one year of electricity for 96 homes.

"The program makes it more affordable for building owners to increase their energy efficiency,” said Bryan Greaney, MSM’s Associate Vice President of Facilities & Campus Safety. "Our partnership with Con Edison has allowed us to make substantial progress toward our environmental goals while simultaneously improving the comfort and quality of life for everyone on our campus."

Con Edison, a key partner in realizing the state’s clean energy mandates, helps customers identify energy efficiency programs that offer them the best, most affordable way to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and comply with the goals of New York City’s Local Law 97.

"The upgrades that Con Edison supported at Manhattan School of Music are an investment in sustainability and will contribute to a smooth transition away from fossil fuels and toward the transition to clean energy,” said Greg Elcock, vice president, Customer Clean Energy Programs, at Con Edison.

Manhattan School of Music has long been recognized for its dedication to musical excellence, and environmental responsibility is an important initiative as part of its strategic plan. By taking advantage of Con Edison's Energy Efficiency programs, MSM has taken a substantial step towards aligning its campus operations with these values.

Key improvements include installing LED lighting throughout its student residence hall, occupancy sensors and controls throughout the building, and HVAC controls upgrades to reduce heating and cooling costs. The school is currently upgrading its boiler controls and installing a new high-efficiency domestic hot water plant.

The energy efficiency upgrades at MSM align with Con Edison’s sustainability goals and its commitment to addressing climate change. By reducing energy consumption, Manhattan School of Music is contributing to a more sustainable and resilient city.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $16 billion in annual revenues and $64 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam, and serves 3.6 million customers in New York City and Westchester County. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit For energy efficiency information, visit Also, visit us on Twitter and Facebook.

Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music is recognized for its more than 1,000 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; its innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty that includes musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Met Orchestra, and the top ranks of the jazz and Broadway communities; and a distinguished community of accomplished, award-winning alumni working at the highest levels of the musical, educational, cultural, and professional worlds.

The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing doctoral studies. Offering classical, jazz, and musical theatre training, MSM grants a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. True to MSM’s origins as a music school for children, the Precollege Division is a highly competitive and professionally oriented Saturday music program, dedicated to the musical and personal growth of talented young musicians ages 5 to 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.