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New Grant for Energy Conservation at Goucher

Release date: February 17, 2012

Goucher College has received a $100,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to help offset the cost of sub-metering 13 buildings on campus to improve utility efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, and increase awareness about environmental issues.

Mary Fisher, Froelicher, Heubeck, Sondheim, Stimson, Welsh, Hoffberger, Meyerhoff, and Van Meter halls; Dorsey Center; Kraushaar Auditorium; and the college's two heating/cooling plants will be separated from the main utilities meter so each can be monitored independently for energy use. Sub-metering the water, gas, BTU, and electric meters will identify exactly where, when, and what type of energy is being used, which will provide data for prioritizing and implementing efficiency measures. These 13 buildings were chosen for this project because they are the campus's heaviest energy users and offer the greatest opportunities for conservation and cost savings.   

The college will post real-time, energy-use data from the sub-meters on its website, giving the entire campus access to the information. The hope is that this information will encourage students, faculty, and staff to conserve energy, and that the data will be an integral part of curricular and co-curricular efforts to promote environmental awareness.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund, based in Jacksonville, FL, is a national foundation that makes grants to a select group of organizations. The new grant to Goucher is part of an initiative unveiled in 2009 to help small private liberal arts colleges and universities reduce their energy consumption.

"We are extremely grateful to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for its continued support of Goucher College and for all it does to strengthen organizations, colleges, and universities to make the world a better place," said Goucher President Sanford J. Ungar.   

Although this is the first environmental-based grant the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund has awarded Goucher, the college has received support from the foundation for more than 50 years. To date, the fund has provided Goucher about $1.5 million in grants for initiatives such as the Educational Opportunity Program; a visiting scholars program, designed to broaden the multicultural dimensions of the education the college offers; and enhancement of the Master's in Education Program.