GTCC EARNS STATE AWARD FOR ENERGY SAVINGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCT. 10, 2016

Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies building located on GTCC's Jamestown Campus.

Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies building located on GTCC’s Jamestown Campus.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College is one of 18 public colleges and universities in North Carolina that was recently recognized for its leadership in reducing the amount of energy it uses.

GTCC was among the nine community colleges in N.C. that the staff in the state environmental agency recently awarded Utility Savings Initiative Achievement Awards.

The N.C. Utility Savings Initiative (USI) and the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service presented the awards to the community colleges and universities that achieved at least 30 percent reductions in energy usage since state laws establishing energy goals for public facilities went into effect.

From left to right: Charles Young, assistant director, Physical Plant; Mitchell Johnson, associate vice president, Administrative Services; Billy Harris, director, Physical Plant.

From left to right: Charles Young, assistant director, Physical Plant; Mitchell Johnson, associate vice president, Administrative Services; Billy Harris, director, Physical Plant.

GTCC reduced its energy use by 40 percent. The college achieved this by implementing new technology for building controls that allows for better energy management and scheduling; upgrading lighting across the entire college with energy-efficient fixtures and activity sensors; investing in central energy plants to reduce costs for heating and cooling in major facilities on campuses; and having vigilant technicians on staff who monitor costs and look for cost-saving opportunities.

Energy reduction requirements were enacted in 2002 for universities. In 2007, community colleges were required to report their use and cost data to USI but no reduction requirement was established.

“This just shows the great efficiencies that can be achieved when you’re committed to a goal,” said Ted Bush, director of the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service. “By reducing the amount of energy used, our universities and community colleges are also helping the environment by emitting far less air pollution, and reducing their operational costs, which benefits taxpayers.”

The state Utility Savings Initiative works with all 14 state agencies and 21 state universities and affiliates that report their progress toward the energy and water use reduction goals. To help public facilities achieve the 30 percent goal, staff members with the initiative provide assistance in the form of strategic energy management planning, energy performance contracting, on-site energy audits, energy management training and a host of other areas, said Len Hoey, who leads the Utility Savings Initiative.

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski