Campus Efficiency Now is a pilot program developed by GreenerU Inc. in partnership with CCIC and CEFIA. GreenerU Inc. has had prior successes with other New England schools, such as Babson College, Brown University, and Clark University, in implementing energy efficiency programs. In the pilot phase, five CCIC members (University of Hartford, Mitchell College, Connecticut College, University of Saint Joseph, and the University of New Haven) are expected to participate with loan funding provided by CEFIA. Additional CCIC member participation as well as additional funding from private investment sources is expected based on positive results from the pilot program.
“We are pleased to join in partnership with CEFIA to find ways to enhance sustainability efforts on our campuses,” said Judith Greiman, president, CCIC. “Campus Efficiency Now is an exciting opportunity for our members and should serve as a national model for reducing energy consumption and cost on college campuses, which tend to have large energy-using footprints and older buildings and systems.”
Under the Campus Efficiency Now program, there are no upfront costs to the participating colleges, schools only pay for delivered energy savings, not for equipment or installation. A share of the college’s savings is dedicated to repay CEFIA’s loans. GreenerU is in charge of overseeing a rigorous three-step process that begins with a preliminary feasibility assessment; data gathering, budgeting, and sustainability goal setting; and concludes with an operational project that will deliver energy savings and sustainability benefits to each participating campus over and beyond the five-year contract term.
“GreenerU is pleased to be working with CEFIA and CCIC in launching this ground-breaking energy efficiency initiative for colleges and universities in Connecticut,” said Rob Pratt, founder and CEO of GreenerU. “In view of the fact that energy efficiency is the most cost effective way for colleges to lower utility bills and reduce carbon emissions, it is critical that we utilize innovative approaches in financing to accelerate the implementation of energy saving measures.”
For more information about CEFIA, visit www.ctcleanenergy.com.
Publication date: 10/1/2012