In recognition of its efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts, Stonehill College was recently selected by The Sponsors of Mass Save as an inaugural recipient of their Climate Leaders Award. The institution is one of 19 commercial and industrial organizations to receive this distinguished recognition.

“Our community seeks to spread light and hope in all that we do. As such, we are committed to making our campus a greener place to live and learn. Thank you to The Sponsors of Mass Save for taking note of our work to create a more sustainable school. We are truly humbled by this honor,” said Jessa Gagne, Stonehill energy manager.  

Mass Save is a collective of electric, natural gas utilities, and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. Together, they lead the Commonwealth toward a clean and efficient future by helping Massachusetts residents and businesses save money and energy.

In a letter notifying Stonehill of its Climate Leader status, Mass Save highlighted some of the projects the College has initiated to become more eco-friendly. 

“Stonehill is leading the way with its ongoing commitment to annual efficiency improvements – including major upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and energy management systems. Together, your efforts have saved nearly two million kWh of electricity. That’s the same positive environmental impact as work of 1,700 acres of forest capturing carbon for one year,” wrote Mary Kelley, lead representative of sales & strategic partnerships for National Grid. 

Reflecting on the College’s accomplishments, Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations Craig Binney lauded Gagne, the Department of Facilities Management and the Environmental Stewardship Council for their dedication to improving the health of our world. 

“Receiving the 2022 Mass Save Climate Leaders Award helps validate all they have done to advocate for our environment. I look forward to seeing what they achieve next as they continue advancing Stonehill’s mission to create a more just and compassionate world,” he said.