EnerSmart Algoma U saves big bucks (photo)Tuesday, March 05, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
University receives rebate for energy efficient boilers
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (March 5, 2013) - The decision to install high-efficiency boilers in the new residence at Algoma University is already paying off.
The university recently received a Union Gas Limited EnerSmart Program rebate in the amount of $9,000, and now has 12 high-efficiency-condensing boilers throughout its campus, which are projected to save $2,616,718 over their lifetime.
The boilers were installed in 2012 prior to the opening of the residence building in September.
The installation comes as part of the university's push to use energy efficient products in all projects.
In the past, Algoma University has been commended for its use of innovative and environmentally friendly products.
Directory of Physical Plant Jeremy Wilhelm was on hand to receive the cheque from Union Gas representative Gerald Laforest.
"We are committed to being a leader in energy efficiency on our campus," he said. "It's always nice to see the financial payoff for making energy efficient decisions on our capital infrastructure."
In 2011, the university, along with the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) and Superior Energy Solutions, embarked on a green energy project which saw the installation of solar panels on the George Leach Centre (GLC), the university's athletic facility.
Five hundred and forty panels were installed, generating green energy, and reducing negative emissions produced by the GLC.
The energy generated from these panels has since been returned to the grid.
In December 2009, the Plant Custodial Department was awarded with Green Certification, the result of a year's work by the custodial plant staff at the university to switch to greener cleaning solutions.
The university was the first educational institution to receive this certification.
PHOTO CAPTION: Jeremy Wilhelm, director of physical plant (left), and Dr. Richard Myers, president (centre), receive an EnerSmart rebate from Gerald LaForest of Union Gas.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in psychology, computer science, business administration, fine arts, community economic & social development, and biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit here.