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Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

G.E.S. crews are currently working to replace about 30,000 lamps at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The project will save on costs and improve efficiency.

The new lights will also have a positive impact on patient care in a variety of ways. This project is part of Carilion’s commitment to sustainability. Carilion focuses on cleaner energy, less waste, safer chemicals, purchasing environmentally preferable products and using local food sources as much as possible.

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ACPS to Save Money from New Environmentally-Friendly Upgrades

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Schools in Albemarle County are getting an environmentally-friendly make over.

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) signed an energy-savings performance contract with Ameresco.

Crews are installing LED lights and low-flow fixtures in 22 schools. The goal is to improve the overall learning environment while also lowering operating costs, saving ACPS close to $700,000 a year.

The project is expected to reduce the school systems’ carbon footprint by 3,500 tons per year.

“All the fixtures that we had in here before were each 96 watts, and the fixtures that you see in here now are each 30 watts,” said Lindsay Snoddy, assistant director of Environmental Health and Safety at Building Services.

Meanwhile, low-flow fixtures in school bathrooms will reduce water usage: “For the urinals we’ve gone from a gallon per flush to a pint per flush, so tremendous savings. For toilets, we went anywhere from 3.5 gallons per flush down to 1.28 gallons per flush,” Snoddy said.

Baker-Butler Elementary School teacher Hillary Bigman says the use of LED lights has had a “progressive and life changing” effect on students.

“The lights were too bright beforehand, and I would turn some off and have lamps on. But now with the dimmer I’m able to adjust it based on what I’m doing or how the weather is outside,” said Bigman.

The total cost of the project is around $7.5 million, but the improvements are expected to save ACPS more than $8.7 million over the 12-year contract.

Albemarle County Public Schools plans to use money saved by these improvements to fund additional projects for classrooms.

News Article from The Exponent Telegram in West Virginia

Harrison Schools Investing in Energy Efficiency

CLARKSBURG, WV — Harrison County Schools is investing $6 million in energy efficient lighting and HVAC upgrades across the county with the goal to save several more millions in electricity costs over the next 10 years.

Global Energy has nearly completed light replacement at Liberty and Robert C. Byrd high schools and hopes to finish up at North View Elementary this week, said Glenn Ackman, project manager.

“We are replacing 14,000 lights throughout the county,” Ackman said. “Teachers, custodians and principals have been fantastic to work with.”

Written on January 24th, 2015

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