André Rochette, President and founder of Ecosystem, yesterday met with Patrick Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, to present the Quebec model for improving energy efficiency in buildings. The meeting took place in New York City, in the Freedom Tower of the World Trade Center, on the margins of the UN Climate Summit. Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard, advocated on behalf of Quebec’s environmental initiatives to representatives of the PANYNJ and the Quebec Government Office in New York.
Ecosystem’s deep energy retrofit projects improve building infrastructures globally, using a contractual model with guaranteed savings. Innovative engineering designs are developed in close collaboration between Ecosystem and its clients, generating energy savings ranging from 20% to 40%.
Patrick Foye was receptive and expressed his interest in the model presented by André Rochette. The Executive Director was particularly interested in learning about Ecosystem’s experience in New York City, where the Quebec firm is well established. Government agencies, including the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA), are amongst the firm’s clients. Ecosystem recently completed large-scale projects at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn and at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and a number of other projects are in progress or will soon be, such as a chiller replacement at Brooklyn Hospital Center.
The PANYNJ is responsible for the purchase, construction, and management of all necessary infrastructures for commercial transportation in the greater New York area. Airports, ports and marine terminals, tunnels and bridges, and certain railways are under its jurisdiction.