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Dean College Completes Major Energy Efficiency Project

February 23, 2015

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Franklin, MA – Dean College has completed a major energy efficiency project as one of the founding colleges participating in the Mass College Green initiative.  The project is expected to deliver more than $691,000 in lifetime energy savings and features energy efficiency measures, campus engagement and sustainability components.

“The project is reducing energy costs in our Campus Center, the Science Center and in five residence halls,” said Dr. Paula M. Rooney, the President of Dean College. “The innovative financing approach provided by Mass College Green is helping us reach our sustainability goals by providing a solid investment towards our future.”

The College collaborated on the project with GreenerU, a company that implemented the controls and lighting upgrades to the Campus Center, AW Peirce Technology and Science Center, and Adams, Bourret, Ewen, Jones, and Wallace Halls. A range of energy conservation measures were completed, including mechanical and lighting measures that are aimed at improving energy efficiency across a variety of building types. In addition, behavioral measures have been conducted to engage building occupants, create a sense of shared achievement, and enhance campus-wide sustainable behavior, including the development of “Living Green at Dean: It’s What Bulldogs Do.”

“Energy efficiency and sustainability projects colleges help our colleges keep higher education affordable for our students,” said Richard Doherty, President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). “This initiative integrates what the Dean faculty teaches and what students and staff care deeply about—a smarter, more environmentally sustainable campus.”

“Recently, GreenerU has been giving special focus to science centers and dorms as high energy buildings whose energy impact greatly relies on the interaction with building occupants,” said David Adamian, VP of Operations and Engineering at GreenerU. “By addressing energy usage in these buildings, Dean College will see reductions in total campus energy usage.”

The Mass College Green initiative is developed through a partnership with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), MassDevelopment and GreenerU. It is designed to reduce typical barriers to implementation such as lack of funding, limited staffing time and resources, and deferred maintenance. Hampshire College, Lesley University, Nichols College, and Mount Holyoke are other colleges currently participating in the program.

 About Dean College

Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private, residential college located in Franklin Massachusetts, 45 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. Dean College offers nine baccalaureate degrees in Arts and Entertainment Management; Business; Dance; English; History; Liberal Arts and Studies, Psychology; Sociology; and Theatre. Dean also offers 17 associate degree programs as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year.

About the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM)

Established in 1967, AICUM is the leading voice on public policy matters affecting independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. Comprising 60 degree granting, accredited, private, and non-profit colleges and universities, AICUM works closely with member institutions to preserve and strengthen higher education and to promote awareness of the significant contributions by colleges and universities to the cultural, economic, and knowledge-based reputation of the state.

 About MassDevelopment

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2013, MassDevelopment financed or managed 350 projects generating investment of more than $2.4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 7,000 jobs and build or rehabilitate 800 residential units.

 About GreenerU

Founded in 2009, GreenerU is a leading provider of energy solutions and services to the higher education marketplace. Through its core technical capabilities and its unique, integrated behavioral change management approach, GreenerU helps colleges and universities save energy, update infrastructure, reduce deferred maintenance, and engage stakeholders to help institutions meet their sustainability goals. Using a best-in-class integrated offering approach to serve the specialized needs of its higher education clients, the Company delivers lasting, high-value solutions to a client base with complex challenges and significant needs.