Mount Holyoke College is part of an innovative energy-efficiency project that is expected to deliver more than $580,000 in lifetime energy savings for the College.
Through its participation in the Mass College Green Initiative, the College will benefit from energy-efficiency measures soon to be implemented in five campus facilities: Carr Laboratories, Clapp Laboratory, Kendall Sports and Dance Complex, Kendade Hall, and the central power plant. Work on the projects is expected to begin in the next couple of months, according to Nancy Apple, Mount Holyoke’s director of environmental health, safety, and sustainability.
Kendade, Carr, and Clapp will get LED lighting upgrades, and Kendall and Carr will benefit from optimized ventilation. The biggest energy impact will be made in the College’s central heating plant, which will get a boiler economizer.
“These projects will not only reduce energy costs for Mount Holyoke, they will also help to make our campus more sustainable by focusing on our labs and heating plant,” said President Lynn Pasquerella. “Mass College Green has provided an innovative financing approach that is helping us move forward in meeting the College’s energy and sustainability goals.”
Mass College Green was developed through a partnership with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), MassDevelopment, and GreenerU. The initiative was designed to help independent colleges in Massachusetts improve energy efficiency on their campuses.
“Energy efficiency and sustainability projects are critical to helping our colleges keep higher education affordable for students,” added Richard Doherty, president of AICUM. “This initiative integrates what the Mount Holyoke faculty teach and what students and staff care deeply about—a smarter, more environmentally sustainable campus.”