Glenville State College Saves Energy and Resources

Glenville, W.Va. – Energy savings data reports indicate that Glenville State College (GSC) exceeded the anticipated impact of its campus-wide energy efficiency and facility modernization project by approximately $184,000 in the first two years since the project’s completion.

Underscoring its commitment to advancing education, economic growth, and community development, Glenville State College selected Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy service provider, to implement the largest campus-wide improvement project in GSC’s history. The $4.1 million project, completed in 2014, included comprehensive energy efficiency and building improvements to reduce energy costs, modernize building systems and technologies, and enhance the environment.

Working with local subcontractors and vendors, Energy Systems Group implemented a wide range of energy efficiency and infrastructure improvements in 13 campus buildings, spanning approximately 608,500 square feet, including the President’s House and the Community Center. The improvements, expected to result in more than $176,000 of energy savings annually over the 15-year term of the contract, included lighting upgrades, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system upgrades, window replacements, a demand response program, and the conversion of gas wells to feed GSC facilities directly.

By implementing these key facility modernization measures, Glenville State College will reduce its carbon footprint by more than 1,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to generating enough electricity to power more than 150 homes or planting more than 1,300 acres of forest.

“This is an excellent result for Glenville State College, both financially and environmentally,” said Dr. Peter Barr, President of Glenville State College. “Energy Systems Group has done a great job helping us reach our goal of being a more energy-efficient and sustainable campus,” added Barr. “These improvements, which were primarily funded by energy savings, allowed Glenville State College to enhance the learning environment for students and more efficiently allocate financial resources, all while becoming a more environmentally responsible campus.” “ESG was also instrumental in helping GSC qualify for a zero percent $1 million loan through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.”

“It’s really no surprise that this project is delivering as promised and more,” said Tom Ratliff, Executive Director of the Physical Plant for Glenville State College. “Our facilities are not only more comfortable to be in, yet these improvements have also dramatically improved the aesthetics of campus buildings, and helped us achieve a solid foundation for continuing sustainability efforts.”

“We commend Dr. Barr and the Glenville State College facilities team for pioneering this innovative approach and vision to making GSC a more sustainable, modernized, and environmentally responsible campus,” said Audra Blackwell, ESG Business Development Manager. “ESG is proud to be part of GSC’s continued academic success and to help promote energy conservation and facility modernization on campus.”

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