Stonehill Recognized for Energy Efficiency Leadership by National Grid/ Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

December 4, 2015

Stonehill Energy Manager Jessa Gagne (right center) with officials from National Grid at NEEP Award ceremony

National Grid has recognized Stonehill for its commitment to energy efficiency by nominating the College for a Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Award. Each of the region’s top utility providers have the opportunity, through the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), to select one of its business customers for the award, which recognizes its outstanding acts of leadership and best practices of energy efficiency.

“Through their collaboration, leadership, and commitment to efficiency, these Business Leaders are a large reason for keeping the Northeast a leader in accelerating energy efficiency. They are setting the tone for the entire nation and serving as examples of the pacesetting work of the Northeast region. NEEP thanks them for their commitment to sustainable innovation and for their willingness to serve as public examples of the power of energy efficiency,” said the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships about this year’s nominees which also included Massachusetts’s Northeastern University (Eversource); Dartmouth College (Liberty Utilities); Concorn Hopsital (Liberty Utilities & Unitil); and The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (Cape Light Compact).

Stonehill has made a commitment to reduce its energy usage by 20% by Fiscal Year 2018. To attain that goal, the College has introduced a number of projects to reduce its carbon footprint.

With the opening of a 2.7 megawatts solar field in 2014, the 11th (tied) largest solar installation on a college campus nationwide, and other solar projects currently underway, Stonehill is at the cutting-edge of solar energy.

Made up of 9,152 panels, the field generates an estimated 3.24 million kWh or 20% of the College’s annual electrical usage. It is estimated that the field will save Stonehill $3.2 million over the next 15 years.

In addition to the solar field, the College also installed solar panels on two nearby buildings and is in the process of installing 1,045 panels on the roof of the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex which will produce an additional 367,000 kWh. The College is also in the process of getting permit approvals to install solar panel canopies in several parking lots across campus.

A number of other projects, from the introduction of an energy management system which allowed for better heating and cooling control in campus buildings, to the installation of electrical submeters and lighting retrofits, has helped to significantly reduce Stonehill’s energy usage.

 In April, The Princeton Review included the College in its guide to the most environmentally responsible schools for the second year in a row. The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities.

About Stonehill
Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.

About NEEP
EEP was founded in 1996 as a non-profit whose mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education. Our vision is that the region will fully embrace energy efficiency as a cornerstone of sustainable energy policy to help achieve a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system.

About National Grid
National Grid is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.