Salem Community College Recognized for Energy Savings Improvement Program

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SALEM COUNTY - Salem Community College has been honored for its Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) by the State of New Jersey.
The college received the 2015 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA) in the Clean Air category for its program, which was developed due to a partnership between the school and Schneider Electric.
The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards have recognized 140 recipients since 2000 and are the state’s premier awards for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs, and projects in New Jersey.
The awards program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. A panel of peer judges review and score nominations that feature unique or valuable environmental projects and activities throughout the state.
Through a combination of energy-efficient measures, it is anticipated the College's energy costs will be reduced by nearly $300,000 per year.
Several changes have been made to implement the joint program, including: lighting upgrades, water conservation, building improvements, power management measures, and a solar-power purchase agreement that will transition the college into almost 100-percent on-site, renewable energy.
The program, part of a three-year comprehension plan to address the school’s environmental footprint, has offered several other necessary facility improvements, such as upgraded HVAC systems and continuous power, both funded entirely through energy savings.
For more information about GEEA, visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards/.

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