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UHCC implements $58M energy savings program


University of Hawaii Community Colleges (UHCC), with support from the state Energy Office, has announced a contract with Johnson Controls to implement multiple conservation measures and a sustainability curriculum customized for UHCC students.

The energy efficiency solutions are expected to create combined energy savings of more than $58 million of the 20-year life of the contract.

“This performance contract with Johnson Controls enables UHCC to bring energy efficiency to the campuses in two critical and complementary ways,” said John Morton, vice president for community colleges for the University of Hawaii.

“Our demand and usage of energy will decrease, and our students will benefit from global best practices as they train for the green collar jobs of tomorrow,” Morton said.

“Our mission includes partnering with state agencies for significant outcomes,” said Richard Lim, director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. “This is a major achievement on the part of the UH Community Colleges and it has been our privilege to work with them and to continue the partnership for increased success.”

UHCC’s Oahu campuses will integrate many energy solutions designed to reduce the amount of electricity, water, wastewater and Syngas the sites currently use. They include energy efficient HVAC replacements, solar hot water, lighting retrofits, a full-time energy manager and electrical car charging stations that will reduce the use of fossil fuels.

UHCC is expected to experience a guaranteed savings of more than 6 million KWH per year, which represents a reduction of approximately 23 percent of the campuses current usage.

A parallel initiative will integrate a customized curriculum based on individual college needs. As a part of UHCC’s conservation initiatives, Johnson Controls will also develop a customized sustainability curriculum for each college in collaboration with university faculty.

The curriculum will consist of sustainability and renewable energy modules designed to naturally incorporate conservation learning within their major areas of study.

Building energy conservation within the curriculum will help students transfer knowledge gained in the classroom to their professional and social experiences.

“University of Hawaii Community Colleges is a prime example of an emerging higher education leader,” said Jim Simpson, Johnson Controls director of Higher Education Energy Solutions. “The university is applying best practices in sustainability to implement an energy savings program while teaching students about the importance of conservation in anticipation of the growing demand for expertise in energy efficiency and sustainability.”

The University of Hawaii Community Colleges (UHCC), part of the 10-campus University of Hawaii System, comprises seven degree-granting institutions, three University Centers, and Education Centers on Molokai, Lanai and on the Waianae Coast.

With more than 34,000 students, UHCC provides open-door access to affordable, high-quality education in a variety of programs from career and technical education to liberal arts education.

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. The 142,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles.

In 2011, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the No. 1 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list.

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