Henderson State University Enters Phase 2 of ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, has contracted with Schneider Electric in an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to assist with the university’s utility, technology and deferred maintenance initiatives as part of a two-phased project. Phase one of the project was completed in May 2013 and has helped the university save $237,551 annually. Phase two   …Continue Reading

Santa Barbara School District Uses Prop 39 Funds for Energy Improvements

Linda Hardesty

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has received state approval of its five-year energy expenditure plan and Proposition 39 funding to upgrade building systems at 13 schools. NORESCO will serve as the owner’s representative for the school district to deliver $2.7 million in improvements through the multi-year project. Development of projects under the California Clean   …Continue Reading

University Stops Energy Projects to Balance its Budget

Linda Hardesty

The University of Iowa halted three energy upgrade projects due to budget concerns, reports The Gazette. College finance executives said the projects would have prevented them from balancing their budget appropriately. Energy efficiency upgrades will not be moving forward at the Lindquist Center, the Carver Biomedical Research Building, and the Biology Building. The university is   …Continue Reading

5 Groups Honored for Energy Efficiency in Salt Lake City

Linda Hardesty

In May 2014, Salt Lake City launched a yearly competition – Project Skyline – that challenges building owners to proactively meet and exceed the energy-saving targets of the Mayor’s Sustainable Salt Lake Plan 2015 and reduce citywide building energy use by 15 percent by 2020. The 2015 Award Winners are: Energy Innovator Award: Basic Research,   …Continue Reading

7 Parking Facilities Become First in US to Receive Green Garage Certification

Karen Henry

The Green Parking Council (GPC) has announced the first seven parking facilities in the United States to achieve Green Garage Certification: Bank of America Plaza (Office), Brookfield, Los Angeles, California BG Group Place (Office), BG Holdco/Och Ziff Capital Management Group, Houston, Texas Canopy Airport Parking (Airport), Parking Acquisition Ventures, Denver, Colorado Charles Square Garage (Hotel),   …Continue Reading

Energy Upgrades at School District Financed by NY Power Authority

Linda Hardesty

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Cornwall Central School District in Orange County, New York, partnered to complete a $5.5 million energy efficiency project at the district’s five schools, saving more than $300,000 in annual energy costs. The Power Authority implemented and financed the energy-saving measures, which were carried out under Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart   …Continue Reading

Passive-House High-Rise to be Airtight

Linda Hardesty

Cornell University is building a Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island that will include a Passive-House, high-rise dorm building. The Passive-House designation is set by Germany’s Passive House Institute and is only bestowed on super-energy efficient buildings. To achieve Passive House standards, Cornell Tech Residential will incorporate a number of sustainability-focused design   …Continue Reading

Australian College Uses Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

The University of New South Wales in Australia installed Gildemeister’s CellCube FB 30-130 vanadium-redox-flow energy storage system with a power output of 30 kW and a storage capacity of 130 kWh. It is able to take up surplus energy from a 150 kW photovoltaic system. Additionally, it is used for research at the Australian Energy   …Continue Reading

Prop 39 for California Schools: A+ Report Card for Districts Using Their Smarts

Jim Maclay

California Proposition 39 (Prop 39) offers schools across the state a leg-up in their efforts to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, while providing students, teachers and staff comfortable spaces that support learning. Since the 2012 passage of the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, schools can apply to the California Energy Commission (CEC) for funds   …Continue Reading

Community College Improves Energy Efficiency at 82 Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) hired Schneider Electric for a project that will improve energy efficiency across three district campuses. Schneider will install utility metering technology, new user interfaces for building and utility management and advanced system analytics. The upgrades will create a cohesive facility management system for 82 buildings throughout the   …Continue Reading