April 19, 2016

Adelphi Earth Day: University Takes a Different Approach to Cut Energy Spend and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This Earth Day, the Adelphi University community is eagerly anticipating the latest in a series of bold energy efficiency moves, as the project to install a combined heat and power plant nears completion.

Adelphi University has long been a leader in promoting sustainability initiatives on campus. Over a decade ago, it was the first university in the region to install a geothermal cooling and heating system, and in the years since they have continued as careful environmental caretakers using pesticide-free ground care techniques, installing 180 solar panels on the rooftop of Swirbul Library, and implementing recycling practices that go beyond collecting bottles and cans.

The work with Ecosystem Energy Services is a prime example of the University’s on-going commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Instead of simply replacing four aging boilers, Adelphi’s Facilities Department invested $13.5 million to upgrade the boilers with more efficient models and install a 1.99 MW combined heat and power plant (CHP) that will allow them to provide a reliable place of refuge in the event storm-related outages. The combined measures will lead to a dramatic and immediate reduction in the University’s greenhouse gas emissions—by as much as 4,600 metric tons each year—as well as generating $1.6 million in annual energy savings.

Installed this winter, the CHP is on target to be switched on this May 2.

Combined with Adelphi’s other initiatives, including 100% green power and campus-wide engagement with environmentally friendly practices, the CHP installation strengthens the University’s position at the forefront of energy conservation and recycling.

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