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How North Carolina's Largest Community College is Meeting Sustainability Goals

Recently completed improvements at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), North Carolina’s largest community college, are expected to generate $350,000 in annual energy savings. The improvements ─which addressed deferred maintenance and replaced aging infrastructure ─ included upgrades to the Central Campus utility plant and five other campus buildings, totaling 364,315 square feet. The savings is being used to pay for the improvements and fund much needed capital infrastructure. College leaders anticipate that these improvements will make the school one of the state’s first community colleges to achieve 20percent energy savings when compared to their 2006 baseline, as mandated by a state legislative directive for higher education institutions. The $3.6 million in improvements completed at the college reflect the school’s strong commitment to sustainability, which is also evident in its curriculum offerings, including a new Center for Sustainability which focuses on student and professional sustainability education. The upgrades represent initial steps toward transforming the college’s facilities into high performance buildings which tie to the school’s educational mission. Building owners and operators can reduce their energy costs by 20-25 percent per year by taking a high performance building approach, according to the United States Green Building Council.

1. Participants will learn about the procurement process, financial approach and state approval process involved in a performance contract project in which energy and operational savings fund improvements for an energy savings project.
2 .Participants will learn how the energy savings project helps fund long term capital plans to extend campus utility infrastructure.
3. Particiants will hear about other sustainability efforts the school has undertaken and how they are achieving established outcomes.

Pamela Metcalf, Central Piedmont Community College; Rich Penner, Trane