Ferrum College Boosts Its Green Initiatives by Hiring New Energy Manager

Christian Bedard, Energy ManagerLast fall, Christian Bedard, former energy manager for Roanoke County  Schools, joined Ferrum College’s staff in a newly created position partially funded by a recent grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support energy conservation projects on campus. As the College’s first-ever energy manager, Bedard coordinates, centralizes, and streamlines all aspects of the College’s sustainability efforts, as well as recommends energy conserving initiatives such as lighting retrofits, heating and air conditioning updates, water system updates, electrical service updates, and energy-related sustainability efforts.

“When duPont awarded this grant to Ferrum for our campus-wide sustainability programs it was a clear validation of our ongoing work in this regard. With the hiring of our energy manager, our strong commitment to all aspects of energy conservation will be even more effective in producing tangible results,” said Ferrum President Jennifer Braaten.

As an institution with one of the oldest environmental science programs in the nation, protecting the environment has long been a priority for Ferrum. Most recently, in 2007, Ferrum became a charter member of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, an organization of college and university presidents across the nation dedicated to working together to mitigate the effects of climate change. A number of recommendations from a subsequent energy audit were then put in place by the College, the initial phase of which was also funded by duPont. The work of the new energy manager will allow the College to continue to realize even more efficiency and cost savings in implementing additional energy conservation projects.

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