Energy conservation, sustainability lifestyle lead to $4M savings for JWU

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY has saved nearly $4 million through its energy-conservation efforts over the past four years. JWU Energy Conservation Office Manager Matthew Fannon, back row center, poses with students, from left, Justin Constant-Corbin (orange sweater); Taojun Gao (green shirt); John Markowski; Alejandra Merced (white shirt); Alexis Coccio (black shirt); and Cassidy Lanza, holding a check representing the savings. / COURTESY JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY has saved nearly $4 million through its energy-conservation efforts over the past four years. JWU Energy Conservation Office Manager Matthew Fannon, back row center, poses with students, from left, Justin Constant-Corbin (orange sweater); Taojun Gao (green shirt); John Markowski; Alejandra Merced (white shirt); Alexis Coccio (black shirt); and Cassidy Lanza, holding a check representing the savings. / COURTESY JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY

PROVIDENCE – Over the past four years prudent energy-efficient practices and the replacement of outdated equipment has led to nearly $4 million in savings for Johnson and Wales University, according to an Oct. 20 release by the school.

The Providence-based university paired with environmental consultant agency Cenergistic, out of Dallas, in 2013 to form its Energy Conservation Office, otherwise known as ECO. The department identifies sustainable practices and educates the campus community on ways to lower its reliance on energy.

To date, the university has installed more than 40,000 LED lightbulbs, reorganized the HVAC system schedule to align with building use and reduced electrical outlet plug loads.

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.

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