Holy Family University’s Facilities Management announced two new initiatives for the upcoming year, upgrading the University’s energy and waste management contracts. The University will now be using 100% green energy throughout its three locations from Evolution Energy Partners. Additionally, Holy Family University is partnering with J.P. Mascaro & Sons for its waste management removal.
The new three-year energy deal will begin in January 2018. The new initiative will save Holy Family University 1.5 cents/kWh, resulting in a significantly reduced carbon footprint. Holy Family’s total energy consumption last year was 7 million kWh. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, it is the equivalent of 5,210 metric tons of carbon dioxide, 12 million miles driven by a vehicle, 28.4 million pounds of burned coal, or 586,000 gallons of gasoline.
The total estimated savings over the life of the contract is $110,637.
Holy Family University has also negotiated a deal with J.P. Mascaro & Sons, which began in October 2017, to handle the waste management services across the University’s three locations. J.P. Mascaro & Sons has a landfill that captures methane that is then used as a renewable energy source elsewhere. The company also responsibly sorts and recycles items regardless if they are appropriately sorted prior to pick up.
“This is an amazing opportunity for Holy Family as it showcases the University’s commitment to do our part to protect the environment,” said Ralph Carp, Director of Campus Operations. “We just lightened the University’s operational carbon footprint by 5,210 tons. The new waste disposal agreement also allows us to work with a business that operates a state-of-the-art recycling center and saves the University thousands of dollars each year. Truly amazing!”
These initiatives come after Holy Family University finished a three-month project that began in December to replace over 5,000 lightbulbs with LED lights. The LED lighting project reduced Holy Family University’s electrical energy consumption by at least 1.3 million/kWh annually, reducing yearly utility costs by approximately $200,000. The University also received a one-time $70,000 rebate from PECO as a result of the switch.