SHU's Energy Conservation Nets More Than $324,000 in Rebates from the CT Energy Efficiency Fund

News Story: December 1, 2010

Sacred Heart University is again the recipient of a substantial rebate from the Energy Efficiency Fund in recognition of the University’s participation in the Energy Conscious Blueprint and Energy Opportunities programs administered by The United Illuminating Company. On Thursday, December 16, The Energy Efficiency Fund and UI presented Dr. John J. Petillo, interim president, with a check for $204,461. Since December 2009, The Energy Efficiency Fund has reimbursed SHU $324,293 for numerous lighting upgrades and building management systems installations.

Thursday’s check represents success on many energy conservation fronts. “We are pleased to receive this recognition and reward from UI of our ongoing efforts to be more energy efficient by employing the most up-to-date equipment and systems,” said Dr. Petillo. “Supporting the common good by being good stewards of our resources is a hallmark of a Catholic university.  SHU is a good neighbor and will continue to look for opportunities to collaborate with UI and conserve energy whenever possible.”

Participants at this event were, pictured from left, Paul Healy, Sacred Heart University executive director of Campus Operations Maintenance; Mike Austin, SHU manager of Athletic Facilities Maintenance; Tom Marella, UI account executive for SHU; John W. Betkoski, III, SHU alumnus and Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control Commissioner; John J. Petillo, SHU interim president; Roy W. Haller, UI manager of C&I Energy Services; Richard W. Steeves, Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund chairman; David Coppola, SHU's vice president for Strategic Planning and Administration; Pat McDonnell,  UI director of Conservation and Load Management; and Richard Lombardo, UI senior energy engineer.

An additional $104,000 was awarded to Campus Operations since 2007. Modifications were made to lighting systems in residence halls, academic centers, and the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center, and sensors and chillers were adapted in other buildings. These awards ranged from $90 for new lights in the Science Center to a $50,000 chiller rebate in the Pitt Center.