ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- New York's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050 is an aggressive one, but state officials are not expecting residents to do it alone.

That's why Governor Cuomo announced $4 million available to reduce energy use and assist with the conversion to carbon-free energy solutions for schools serving Prekindergarten through Grade 12 students.

"New York is a leader in the fight against climate change, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is crucial to achieving our ambitious goals," Cuomo said. "With initiatives like P-12 Schools, we are empowering schools across the state to take action in creating solutions to protect our environment."

The P-12 Schools: Green and Clean Energy Solutions program offers up to $250,000 for energy studies to reduce energy loads, as well as up to another $250,000 for design assistance for the installation of clean heating and cooling systems.

Schools participating in the program will receive complimentary services, including free benchmarking and free clean heating and cooling screenings. Benchmarking serves as a tool to measure and track the impact of financial investments against energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to better understand and improve their energy efficiency and performance.

To apply, visit NYSERDA's website.