Lasell Embarks on Green Initiatives

Lasell Embarks on Green Initiatives

May 09, 2014

Lasell College has embarked on a number of green initatives in recent months that will translate into cost savings for the institution.

Among the projects is an LED Lighting and Controls Project engineered by Bluestone Energy Services that is expected to yield significant energy savings  equivalent to the yearly electricity usage of 14 households.

The project involves Holway Child Study Center - The Barn and the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, where Bluestone replaced existing fixtures with new LED fixtures. The project also encompassed garage facilities inclusing the North Hall Garage and East/West Garage, which received LED tubes and added sensors, replacing previous T-8 fixtures. In the Campus Center Garage, Bluestone replaced 175 W Metal Halides with new LED fixtures with sensors. This energy efficiency project will reduce the college's annual energy use by nearly 200,000 kWh and save at least $65,000.

In addition, Lasell is one of seven initial college partners selected for the Mass College Green pilot program. Mass College Green leverages a $2 million investment from MassDevelopment to eliminate upfront costs and risks associated with energy efficiency projects. Lasell anticipates implementing approximately $250,000 to $300,000 in energy efficiency projects through this program, helping it move closer to its energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

The Pilot Phase of Mass College Green will run from November 2013 through December 2014.

Mass College Green is an energy and sustainability program designed to help participating Massachusetts colleges tackle the challenges associated with implementing energy efficiency projects, including lack of funding, limited bandwidth, and constant backlog of deferred maintenance.