Helping Communities Embrace Sustainability
SEI and Quantum Energy Services & Technologies (QuEST) jointly implemented Southern California Edison’s Campus Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofit (CHEER) program on private universities within Southern California Edison’s service territory.
The CHEER program functions in two-phases, is a climate-friendly, cost effective and persistent energy savings program for California’s colleges and universities.
Phase One In the first phase, SEI staff provides comprehensive training of student interns and their faculty/staff mentors, and then manages the teams to plan and conduct walk-through lighting audits across campus facilities. As part of the audit process, the students identify and analyze opportunities to retrofit existing lighting and then present their audit findings to campus housing and facilities staff. As they go through the auditing process, the student interns replace incandescent bulbs with the more efficient compact fluorescent lamps, an activity that creates a dialogue with other students around the topic of energy savings. Phase TwoIn the second phase, technical experts facilitate a comprehensive energy survey and audit report for housing, dining and other facilities on campus, with specific recommendations for energy efficiency and retro-commissioning measures. Data acquired by students is verified and used in the final report provided to campus stakeholders. Long-term savings come from educating students on energy-efficient lifestyle choices including daily practices and consumption options. Program Outcomes and Impacts
Green Demonstrations In addition to student energy audits, SEI worked with university staff and students to design, install, and promote green residence hall projects to educate the entire campus community about sustainable living options and practices. SEI helped create two Green Demonstration models: Model #1At Harvey Mudd College, students used real-time energy feedback equipment to display dorm energy performance data back to dorm residents. Within the context of a month-long dorm energy reduction competition, this program also used the real-time data to encourage energy efficient behaviors. Monitoring electrical meter data allowed the energy savings to be quantified based on residents’ efforts to reduce energy consumption during the competition. The dorm energy reduction competition resulted in Harvey Mudd College saving over $3,000 in energy costs and preventing over 30,000 lbs of CO2 emissions in just one month.
Model #2At University of Redlands, efforts included retrofitting a residence hall with energy efficient appliances and equipment, a host of sustainable or ‘green’ furniture, wall and floor coverings, and lifestyle products. This demonstration continues to educate university staff, faculty, students and surrounding communities on the benefits, options, and availability for purchasing sustainable products. It also serves as a learning and teaching tool for future retrofit and new construction projects.
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