Partners making an energy-efficient difference: FERRUM COLLEGE

Partners making an energy-efficient difference: FERRUM COLLEGE

(This is the second post in a series highlighting the great energy efficiency work Virginia Energy Sense Ferrum College  is a four-year higher learning institute nestled among mountains, lakes, state parks and numerous small towns with a variety of venues for outdoor exploration.

With such a strong connection to nature, it makes perfect sense that Ferrum College recently became a Virginia Energy Sense partner and signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) pledge to make a difference by reducing energy consumption and waste.

Ferrum College students are doing their part to help Virginia meet its goal to reduce energy use by 10%.  Every fall semester, students, faculty and staff on campus participate in the POWER DOWN ENERGY COMPETITION, a month long contest to implement energy saving practices. Their energy use is monitored by meters that show which buildings are saving the most energy. Two large monitors are connected to the energy meters and displayed on campus where students can track their energy usage and monitor the results of their efforts. You can see which building is winning by visiting

Ferrum College is currently welcoming the addition of a biomass boiler to serve as an alternative energy source and teaching lab. The 1.0 megawatt boiler will provide hot water for the campus and generate enough power to compensate for at least a quarter of the electricity demand. The College has also committed to improving its lighting systems. LED lights are installed whenever possible and occupancy lights in bathrooms and hallways cut down on energy waste when lights aren’t in use.

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