Focus on Energy awards St. Norbert College $45,000 for energy saving initiatives

From Hoffman York, October 29, 2009
by Mark Treichel, mtreichel@hyc.com, (414) 225-9554

Focus on Energy, Wisconsin's statewide resource for energy efficiency and renewable energy, awarded $45,900 to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. after it completed several green building initiatives at its new 80,000 square-foot library.

The Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library serves as the centerpiece and a primary entry point for the St. Norbert College campus. The new library features a variety of gathering places for students and 50 percent more materials storage--creating a modern sanctuary for knowledge. Most importantly, it offers a full range of technological capabilities needed by students in the 21st century, from wireless internet access for laptop users to multimedia-equipped meeting rooms.

Together the energy-saving projects will save more than 332,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity and 16,000 therms of natural gas annually compared to a conventional building of its size -- saving enough energy to power 50 Wisconsin homes for a year. St. Norbert College will also benefit from saving approximately $44,000 on its energy bills at the new library each year.

The cash incentives from Focus, in partnership with St. Norbert College's utility Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, were used to install major energy savers including: