University of Richmond awarded $75,000 grant to develop comprehensive energy conservation management plan

March 30, 2018

The University of Richmond has received a $75,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to further improve energy conversation efforts.

The grant will support the development of a comprehensive energy conservation management plan, including an energy audit to document energy usage and identify measures to increase efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“This grant will enhance our ability to identify and implement energy efficiency projects that bring both cost and carbon savings. It’s a great example of both fiscal and environmental stewardship,” said Rob Andrejewski, director of sustainability.

“We’ll be able to build upon successful energy conservation measures currently deployed and educate campus users on their energy behaviors, communicating how UR constituents personally impact the university’s sustainability goals.” said George Souleret, director of utilities.

Beginning this spring, a cross-functional team that includes facilities staff, faculty and students will work with a firm to conduct a campus energy audit, identify energy conservation measures and create a conservation management system that will help prioritize projects and simplify data tracking. Expected completion of the system is early 2019.

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