After making several energy conservation efforts on campus, Framingham State University has received rebate checks totaling $322,012 from utility provider NStar as part of the company’s energy efficient incentive program.
The university anticipates saving nearly $700,000 annually on its utility bill from energy conservation efforts in addition to the rebate checks it has received from NStar.
“Not only have our efforts to 'Go Green' resulted in the university becoming a more environmentally responsible campus, they are saving us hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, which can be directed toward more critical needs,” Framingham State President Timothy Flanagan said.
This past year, the university undertook several energy conservation measures, ranging from campus-wide light replacement to new heating, ventilation and cooling systems.
The school also began converting its power plant from fuel oil to natural gas, part of a contract that cost $6.3 million and was funded in part by the state's Department of Capital Asset Management.
Other efforts include installing solar panels on the McCarthy Campus Center, Athletic Center, and during the construction of the new North Hall, which is LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) Gold Certified by the US Green Building Council.
The university also constructed a single-stream recycling system and fully compostable dining area to divert 30 percent of waste, and restructured course blocks to decrease commuting days for students and faculty.
Moving forward, Framingham State expects to receive two additional rebate checks from NStar for work not yet completed, including an expansion of the dining commons, which will get underway this spring, and the new Hemenway Hall science addition slated to start next year.
To date, the university has increased its renewable power supply from less than 1 percent to nearly 18 percent over the past few years. These efforts have resulted in Framingham State being included in the Princeton Review’s guide to green colleges each of the past two years.
Framingham State’s efforts to "Go Green" are guided by the university’s Climate Action Plan, which was created with input from the student Green Team, the Facilities and Capital Planning Department, the administration, faculty and staff.
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