Industry News – 10/15/13

Reducing Carbon Footprints for High-Powered Facility Portfolios, tradelineinc.com

Columbia University Medical Center has established a goal to cut campus greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2025. The university undertook the project in response to PlaNYC, a challenge initiated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Associate Director for Energy Management, Rachel Futrell, said “The traditional, easy energy conservation measures didn’t really apply for our campus. We can’t shut off laboratories at night.  We can’t really change the temperatures. We can’t re-circulate much of our air. We have an aging infrastructure. So it was quite a challenge.” CMCU created an energy plan and decided which projects to undertake. Key projects in phase one focused on building management systems, the central chiller plant, and operations and maintenance. CUMC first started implementing PlaNYC in 2011 but didn’t see a reduction in greenhouses gasses and costs until 2012. For the end of fiscal year 2013, the university projects a 4% drop from the 2010 baseline and a 15% drop in utility costs from actual.

Extreme Makeover Hospital Edition: $30 Million Energy Efficiency Makeover for CVH, ledyardpatch.com

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has chosen NORESCO to retrofit Connecticut Valley Hospital as part of the “Lead By Example” program, a new effort to reduce costs through energy efficiency at state and municipal buildings. The project, which will cost $30 million, will be paid for through future guaranteed energy savings and will bring “much-needed and highly efficient energy systems and equipment” to CVH.