Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Merced College today kicked off an energy conservation initiative that aims to reduce the school’s annual operating costs by $180,000 through energy-efficient building upgrades. The program also includes the launch of an enhanced college curriculum focused on teaching conservation strategies that utilize the energy-efficient building upgrades as a real-world case study for classroom learning.
As part of the project, Honeywell will make building infrastructure improvements to 16 campus buildings, including the installation of energy-efficient lighting and upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Overall, these campus building improvements are expected to trim the college’s electricity use by more than 1.5 million kilowatt-hours annually - enough energy to power nearly 180,000 homes.
Merced College and Honeywell will use the school’s energy usage statistics to develop a course curriculum on sustainability, and raise awareness among students of the positive impact conservation practices contribute to the community. As part of this program, using Honeywell’s Energy Management System (EMS), Sustainability Interns will track resource usage in 16 campus buildings. The interns will develop a newsletter to update students, faculty and staff on the program’s progress and help lead additional campus-wide conservation efforts, such as recycling competitions and car-sharing programs.
“The goal of the energy conservation project is not only to curb rising operating costs, but also to impact our students’ learning experience by using the college as a teaching tool for future sustainability courses,” said Mazie Brewington, Merced College’s vice president of Administrative Services.” “Honeywell has proved to be an instrumental partner in our school’s educational mission to teach the importance of energy conservation, and as an industry advisor provide input into effective course curricula for our students that mirrors current challenges facing the world.”
Honeywell will complete the building system enhancements and future maintenance under a 15-year, $3.1 million performance contract. This will allow school officials to pay for the upgrades using the cost savings generated, which Honeywell guarantees. As a result, the program won’t increase school budgets or require additional funding.
“Energy conservation education and awareness programs and energy-efficient technologies are needed to make a long-term impact in any community,” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “Merced College serves as a valuable example of an integrated effort that uses energy-efficient technologies as a tool to teach students the importance of energy conservation and environmental stewardship.”
Honeywell will implement a variety of conservation measures across campus buildings, including:
About Merced College
Founded in 1962, Merced College is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence. Its leadership and educational services reflect and enhance the cultural, economic, and social life of the community and respond to its changing needs and interests. Recognizing that learning is a life-long process, the college provides preparation for a complex and changing society while maintaining high academic standards. The college also fosters individual learning and critical thinking to enhance awareness of the inter-relationship and inter-dependence of all persons. For more information, please visit www.mccd.edu/.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com. Honeywell Building Solutions is part of the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions business group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Building Solutions, access www.honeywell.com/buildingsolutions.
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