Chestnut Hill College Awarded $250,000 Conservation Works! Grant
College to Receive Funding for Campus Energy Management System
Friday, June 25, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College has been awarded $250,000 from the Pennsylvania Conservation Works! grant program sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection. The grant will allow the College to install a new integrated energy-efficient management system on campus. Conservation Works! is a $22 million competitive grant program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designed to help local municipalities and non-profits achieve better energy efficiency, decrease energy consumption, and reduce energy costs. Chestnut Hill College was one of 99 projects out of 500 applicants in 48 counties in Pennsylvania to receive funding from the program.
The energy management system at Chestnut Hill College will create energy savings via scheduling and monitoring of HVAC, lighting, and plumbing systems, reducing consumption and maintenance costs as well as increasing system reliability. The new energy management system will save over 12 million kilowatt hours of energy, and over 52 thousand cubic feet of natural gas.
In 2009, Chestnut Hill College partnered with Ameresco, Inc. to identify energy saving opportunities and infrastructure upgrades to reduce their energy costs and carbon footprint. Ameresco delivered an investment grade energy audit that identified more than $7.4 million of energy infrastructure upgrades that could annually save the College up to $689,000. The first phase of this project is the design and installation of a college-wide energy management system.
“Our partnership with Ameresco, the nation’s largest energy savings contract organization, illustrates the impact collaboration has on the College, the Chestnut Hill neighborhood and the Philadelphia community at-large, says Bette Mammone, M.A., government and foundations advisor at Chestnut Hill College. “We also believe that the Chestnut Hill College project has the potential to be a model for like-size colleges and non-profits in need of capital infrastructure and energy upgrades and are looking for creative solutions to financing and meeting these goals.”
The Conservation Works! grant program will save enough electricity annually to power 57,000 homes and enough natural gas to heat an additional 24,700 homes. The grant program offers funding for projects up to $250,000 for individual government and non-profit organizations, and $500,000 to combined government projects that are shovel ready and will conserve energy. The program includes Pennsylvania townships, boroughs, and cities with fewer than 200,000 residents who were not eligible for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
“We are grateful to the Department of Environmental Protection for the support of our energy management system,” says Mammone. “This propels the College’s financial and operational capabilities as we become increasingly energy conscious and conservative. With Conservation Works! support, we have been able to leverage funding from private donors, College resources and the Philadelphia-based Reinvestment Fund to set the College's long-term course for energy awareness.”