Prof. Steven Letendre’s Renewable Energy: Technology and Applications class has been working hard on a research project to improve Green Mountain College’s thermal and electrical energy use. Using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s framework of a net zero Energy Community, they are developing short, medium and long-term recommendations in four areas:
1.) building efficiency
2.) thermal energy
3.) on-campus renewable generation and 4.) off-campus renewable generation.
The project, titled “Envisioning a Net-Zero Energy Campus: Towards Authentic Sustainability at GMC,” will address the administration’s Sustainability 2020 goals of meeting 100% of the campus energy needs with renewables and improving how we currently reach carbon-neutrality. Students will present their findings Monday, April 27 in the East Room.
They will also produce a report for the administration as a useful “road map” for future decisions about energy use in campus. The presentation will aim to make the technical jargon such as RECs, PPAs and net-metering easily digestible to the broader public, and communicate the exciting and feasible steps we can take as a campus to meet the vision of a net zero energy campus.