Progress at UCM
Energy Savings Initiative
UCM is taking unprecedented steps toward reducing its carbon output, improving energy efficiency and addressing a backlog of deferred maintenance projects through a campuswide Energy Savings Initiative. Trane of Piscataway, NJ is the ESCO, or energy services contractor. After an investment grade audit to identify energy conservation measures that could be accomplished through infrastructure improvements, the UCM Board of Governors approved a $36.1 million energy performance contract in April 2009. Extensive building improvements were completed over a period of 18 months..
Core elements of the upgrade program include energy-efficient geothermal ground source HVAC systems; new hot water systems; more energy-efficient lighting; new campuswide building automation; life safety measures; laboratory air systems and controls; green technologies for curriculum utilization and campus green awareness; new roofs and windows on various buildings; efforts to improve indoor air quality in classrooms; improved air handling systems; and acoustical improvements for the classroom and office space.
Environmental and Financial Impact
UCM’s Energy Savings Initiative represents a comprehensive approach to integrate steps toward more efficient energy usage and a much-improved learning and working environment. Taking the lead on this initiative, Betty Roberts, vice president for administration and finance, and her staff worked more than 20 months to make this transformative sustainability effort possible.
Former UCM President Aaron Podolefsky addressed environmental challenges by becoming a charter participant in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007. He established the UCM President's Commission on Sustainability to bring about sustainable practices at UCM, focusing on recycling and waste management, standards, transportation, utilities and energy, planning and funding, and curriculum and education.
Funding for all campus efficiency improvements was obtained through a 15-year lease-purchase through Banc of America Public Capital Corporation of Chicago, IL, a subsidiary of Bank of America. The lease provided financing for all costs associated with the construction, installation of equipment and labor.
Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand, improves the performance of homes and buildings around the world with solutions that optimize indoor environments through energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support, and advanced control systems. In 2007 Trane was selected to join the Clinton Climate Initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 40 of the world's largest cities.
The Clinton Climate Initiative is working with governments and businesses in cities around the world to tailor local solutions that are economically and environmentally sustainable. CCI and the American College University Presidents Climate Commitment are working together to retrofit colleges and universities across the United States.