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Congressional Energy Expo Features Campus Efficiencies

July 13, 2015

The Sustainable Energy Coalition, a group of 21 national business, environmental, and energy policy organizations supporting aggressive development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies, recently hosted the 18th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Forum. NACUBO was one of 46 organizations that participated in the event, showcasing a cross-section of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and investments.

Equipped with new submissions as well as illustrative posters presented at the 2014 NACUBO Annual Meeting, Sally Grans Korsh, NACUBO's director of facilities and environmental policy, highlighted institutional investments in solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy options; developing resources for reducing water use; ways to improve the campus carbon footprint; academic programs; and campaigns to engage students and faculty in reducing energy use.

Campus success stories helped explain higher education's important role as a critical player on the global energy efficiency stage and furthered NACUBO's efforts to ensure institutions of higher education are considered as lawmakers explore federal energy policy options. Many existing federal energy efficiency or renewable energy incentives were designed as tax incentives for for-profit enterprises or as grant opportunities for state and local governments, making it difficult for some nonprofit independent institutions to identify federal resources to help finance energy efficiency or renewable energy endeavors. Yet, colleges and universities manage approximately 5 billion square feet in facilities and consume more than $6 billion in utilities and energy costs each year.

Hundreds of congressional staff members and other interested individuals attended the EXPO with numerous elected officials as well as senior-level government officials delivering remarks.


Sally Grans Korsh
Director, Facilities Management and Environmental Policy