Celebrating Energy Conservation Efforts on Earth Day!

GRCC Reduces Energy Consumption 19.2%, and Saves $3,932,080

While the world celebrates Earth Day this month, GRCC celebrates the continuing efforts of faculty, staff and students to conserve energy and resources.

Since GRCC began the Energy Conservation Program in May of 2008, energy consumption has been reduced by 190,338 MMBTUs. That reduction translates into 19,984 tons of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere, which is equivalent to 3,587 passenger cars removed from the road, or 511,160 trees planted!! By reducing energy consumption, GRCC has avoided nearly $4 million in energy costs.

These savings have come, in part, from the day to day efforts everyone on campus to reduce energy usage. The college continues efforts toward sustainability and energy reduction across campus through projects such as:

  • Retrofitting and replacing outdated campus lighting systems. This significantly improves light quality and efficiency.
  • Implementation of a specialized demand control ventilation system in the Science Building that continuously monitors critical indoor parameters and provides the optimal level of airflow to ensure health, comfort and energy reduction.
  • Installation of occupancy sensors in offices, hallways, and classrooms to minimize lighting energy consumption when spaces are unoccupied.
  • Replacing existing HVAC systems to optimize the operating conditions and control of building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

This Earth Day, ask yourself, “Are you doing your part to promote energy conservation on campus?” Energy conservation does take some effort but think how much better our planet will be if we all take a few steps to reduce our energy use every day. You CAN make a difference! Together, we can save real dollars, reduce our carbon footprint, and be good stewards of the environment.

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