SUNY Downstate Joins Con Edison and Flo Network Employees for Electric Vehicle Charging Station Demonstration at Downstate Campus

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Apr 21, 2022

Earth Day Event Supports Green Infrastructure in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY — SUNY Downstate, in partnership with Con Edison and the FLO Network, operators of the leading North American charging network, today hosted an Earth Day event to demonstrate the four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available on the SUNY Downstate campus on Lenox Road between New York Avenue and 34th Street. Like those across the city, these charging stations promote the reduction of toxic tailpipe emissions that contribute to smog and climate change.

The Flatbush charging station at SUNY Downstate is one of 16 Brooklyn EV curbside charging locations. Last summer, Con Edison began construction for the installation of multiple vehicle chargers throughout the borough, all of which are now fully operational. These efforts fall in line with the New York City Department of Transportation’s plan to create one of the largest municipal electric vehicle charging networks in the country.

“We are thrilled to partner with Con Edison in creating a cleaner, greener city,” said SUNY Downstate President Wayne J. Riley, M.D. “Downstate shares in Con Ed’s commitment to protecting our environment and fostering a healthier community for our patients, students, faculty, staff, and those who live and work throughout the five boroughs. I encourage everyone to become active participants in reducing emissions and making the world a healthier place for us all.”

“Con Edison is all-in on EVs. As the electric vehicle market accelerates, it’s critical to ensure there’s a robust charging network in place that will form the basis of a widespread and visible charging infrastructure across our service area,” said Lenny Singh, Senior Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, for Con Edison. “Through our programs like PowerReady, SmartCharge, and curbside charging we’re helping make that a reality for New York.”

"I'm pleased that SUNY Downstate will host some of the newest EV charging stations in Brooklyn. Our communities are on the front lines of the climate crisis, and it's important that we lead with solutions to promote cleaner, greener transportation options. I'm grateful to Con Ed, the DOT, the FLO Network and SUNY Downstate for prioritizing this important infrastructure upgrade,” said Senator Zellnor Myrie. 

“A cleaner, greener New York City is going to take an all-hands-on-deck approach. One piece of that puzzle is ensuring that we in the state legislature, and companies like Con Ed, take an active role in reducing emissions in as many ways as possible. These charging stations are just the beginning to several new opportunities to help us all work toward our collective climate goals,” said Assemblymember Brian Cunningham.

"The consumption of fossil fuels is killing our planet, and as a city, we need to move to mass and micro transit, as soon as possible. In the interim, electric vehicles offer a major upgrade from conventional cars, and I'm so excited for the introduction of the the Flatbush charging station at SUNY Downstate as we work to fight for a Green New Deal and robust climate resiliency,” said City Council Member Rita Joseph.

The installation of charging stations in Brooklyn is part of a citywide project to install over 100 curbside EV charging ports throughout New York City. Public curbside charger locations attract more consumers to places of business by offering a charging option in addition to parking. The project’s goal is to increase the adoption of EVs in the city and combat barriers of adopting cleaner transportation methods.

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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.

About Con Edison:

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $14 billion in annual revenues and $63 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.5 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. Through Consolidated Edison Inc.’s subsidiary, Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, the company is the second-largest solar developer in the United States. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit