On Dec. 6, the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) recognized Northern Virginia Community College by awarding the institution with the Energy Award for its sustainability efforts.
NOVA’s Environmental and Sustainability Action Committee (ESAC) has made a number of efforts in better ways of using resources and achieving greater sustainability on all six campuses since the committee was created in September 2016. With the committee’s recommendations in mind, the College has developed an Energy Program Plan which aims to reduce overall energy use at the College.
NOVA’s Energy Program Plan includes detailed commissioning and retro-commissioning efforts by building, extensive retrofitting with LED lamps and fixtures (internal and external), building controls’ upgrades and optimization, demand-response participation, utility meter totalization, sewage deduct meter installations and outreach and education.
“Our Facilities Energy Team is encouraged by our progress to date, and look forward to continuing to build an energy program that will provide long-term benefits to NOVA and its students, faculty and staff,” said NOVA Director of Facilities Steve Patterson.
AEE is a nonprofit professional society of more than 18,000 members in more than 100 countries. The organization specializes in training, membership development, chapter development and certification for professionals practicing in the fields of energy management, renewable energy and green buildings.
AEE offers a number of informational outreach programs including seminars, conferences, journals, books and certification programs. The organization’s mission is “to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development.” The National Capital Chapter of the AEE is one of the top performing chapters in the country.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.