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Green Revolving Fund

Recent Projects

  • Energy GPA – This program encourages residents of the student neighborhood to practice energy conservation, by informing them of them of their energy use performance and offering tips and programs to help them save energy and live more sustainably. Residents get a monthly report showing the relative energy performance of their house compared to a unique baseline, and top performers are be rewarded. The GRF provided funds the first year to cover a graduate student to do software development and data analysis for the program, as well as initial prize money.
  • Science Center Retrocommissioning – Working with Heapy Engineering, UD completed a retrocommissioning project at the Science Center that included new HVAC controls, variable speed pumps, new fume hood controls, and other measures that reduced electricity and natural gas consumption. The project has a net present value of over $400,000 and saves 449,800 kWh and 51,900 therms of natural gas annually.
  • Low Flow Showerheads – This project was initiated and managed by two students who were looking for a way to make an impact on campus. By replacing showerheads in dorms and houses with low-flow models, this project saves nearly 13 million gallons of water annually and has a net present value over $1 million.
  • Campus Energy Team Energy Audits – the HSI Campus Energy Team worked with Facilities Management over the 2017-2018 school year to identify energy saving opportunities and propose projects through the GRF. This produced dozens of proposals across multiple campus buildings, making the Campus Energy Team a major asset to the Green Revolving Fund.

Samples of past projects:

  • Jesse Philips Humanities Center – Replace existing motors for three air handling units with NEMA premium efficient motors (total of six motors), and install a variable speed drive to control each motor. Cost $24,974.00, annual energy savings 445,546 kWh. (Completed 8/9/2016)
  • RecPlex Gym Lights – Replace 40 HID fixtures in the four court gym and 16 fixtures in the auxiliary gym with LED fixtures that have daylight harvesting and occupancy controls. Cost $55,932.74, annual energy savings 267,377 kWh. (Completed 8/15/2016)
  • Marianist Hall Emporium – Lighting Retrofit to LED. Cost $1,592.71, annual energy savings 14,069 kWh. (Completed 8/8/2016)
  • Food Waste Pulper – Install a grinder/centrifuge for processing food waste from the Kennedy Union dining hall. Allows for improved composting procedures. Cost $107,335, waste hauling savings (672 gallons of diesel/year, 55 tons of waste/year, other savings). (In progress)
  • Bulk T8LED Phase 1 – Retrofit 5000+ T8 fluorescent lamps with T8LED replacements in various locations around campus. Cost $3,527.26, annual energy savings 262,389 kWh. (Completed 7/18/2017)

Facilities Management, Energy and Sustainability

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