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Earlham has hired Performance Services of Indianapolis to carry out an energy-savings project on campus.

Earlham invests $3.5M to reduce energy usage on campus

March 26, 2015

PSI_Full Color LogoA new facility assessment and energy-savings project at Earlham will reduce energy consumption by nearly 25 percent and position the College to take even bolder environmental action in the future.

The Board of Trustees has hired Performance Services of Indianapolis to make lighting, water conservation, heating, ventilation and cooling systems more efficient across campus by spring 2016. 

The $3.5 million investment will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus by 3,500 metric tons and water treatment by 3 million gallons annually. The project will pay for itself in less than nine years, says Ian Smith, Earlham’s director of facilities.

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“We are taking a big step in energy conservation as part of Earlham’s comprehensive sustainability plan,” Smith says. “We are excited to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of our campus while providing an experiential and engaging learning opportunity for students who want to get involved with the project.”

As part of a $70 million investment in the future of the College, Earlham achieved LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council following the renovations to Stanley Hall (2013) and the new Center for Visual and Performing Arts (2014). The renovation of Tyler Hall (2013), a former Carnegie Library, achieved basic LEED certification. Phase II of the Natural Science Complex, now under construction, is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification and will be heated and cooled by a closed-loop geothermal system.

To build upon this work, Earlham is also exploring the possibilities of generating solar or wind energy as Earlham strives to become a net-zero campus.

Earlham selected Performance Services to complete a detailed energy conservation measures proposal in spring 2014.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to work with Earlham College to move forward with energy savings opportunities on campus and start this important phase of their overall Comprehensive Sustainability Plan,” says Tony Kuykendall, business development manager for Performance Services. 

Featured as a “Green College” by Princeton Review, Earlham is deeply committed to environmental sustainability. It is one of Earlham’s core missions and is deeply rooted into the College’s curriculum and governance. Students can major in either environmental science or environmental studies, and regardless of their major can pursue environmental interests through Earlham’s Center for Integrated Learning sustainability program.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Contact: Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 or zimmebr@earlham.edu.

Performance Services is an Indiana-based, integrated design and delivery engineering company that specializes in new construction and renovating schools, universities, and healthcare facilities to deliver optimal environments and high performance buildings.  Innovative wind and solar power systems are integral to the construction services portfolio. The company has provided solutions to customers since 1998 and is the leading qualified provider of guaranteed energy savings projects and ENERGY STAR® certified education facilities in Indiana.  To learn more, visit www.performanceservices.com.  

Contact: Arlene Gavin is the director of marketing for Performance Services. She can be reached at (317) 819-1355 and agavin@performanceservices.com.


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