E&H Receives Grant to Support Energy Conservation Initiatives

Posted on: Saturday, June 15th, 2013 by Brent Treash

Emory & Henry College has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to establish a green revolving fund that enhances the institution’s initiatives in environmental awareness and sustainability.

Emory & Henry will provide matching funds of $75,000, bringing the total for the revolving fund to $150,000.
The fund will support numerous energy efficiency projects at Emory & Henry, including the replacement of HVAC equipment and building temperature controls as well as projects to improve efficiency in water use. Among the potential projects are the following:

  • Vending misers to control lighting and compressors for vending machines
  • The installation of eCube devices to control temperatures in coolers and freezers.
  • Classroom lighting controls that shut off shortly after a room is unoccupied.
  • Programmable thermostats that allow room temperatures to decrease during unoccupied periods and would also allow for remote management during vacation periods. 
  • Optimal start up and shut down of HVAC systems based on the time of day and weather conditions.
  • A cover for the college swimming pool.

E&H President Rosalind Reichard is a charter signatory of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which commits the College to carbon neutrality by 2036.  Soon thereafter, Reichard, who currently serves on the Presidents’ Climate Commitment Steering Committee, organized the E&H Climate Working Group to guide campus initiatives in energy efficiency.

“The green revolving fund will be a fitting next step in the ongoing efforts at Emory & Henry to advance the E&H culture of environmental sustainability,” Reichard said.  “Our Climate Working Group is ready to review, prioritize and implement the most urgent and promising components of our project list.”

A national foundation based in Jacksonville, Florida, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has worked with small colleges and universities since 2009 to encourage and sustain efforts to reduce energy consumption and, in so doing, reduce costs.

In 2011, the Fund presented a $200,000 grant to Emory & Henry College and Hollins University to support a joint, three-year energy conservation project, a key component of which was the hiring of a shared energy manager to conduct a comprehensive assessment of energy consumption on each campus; identify strategies to further decrease energy use; develop and implement energy policies for each institution; and enhance educational activities to promote energy conservation by members of each campus community.

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