CEDAR RAPIDS – Central College, long known for its red and white school colors, is going green. The college in Pella, Iowa, is using energy efficiency to enhance its facilities for the benefit of students.
Central College recently completed several energy efficiency projects to install new insulation in Gaass Residence Hall and an energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the Maytag Student Center. The college expects the new HVAC system and insulation to reduce energy usage and increase cost savings.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our facilities is just one way in which we can enhance the learning environment for our students,” said Central College President Mark Putnam. “Through our continued partnership with Alliant Energy, these projects further our commitment to providing a first-class learning experience for our students that also benefits the environment.”
The projects were completed under Alliant Energy’s Custom Rebate and new construction energy programs. Central College expects to achieve annual energy savings of nearly 25,000 therms of natural gas. The energy savings will result in avoiding approximately 132 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. This is equivalent to removing about 28 passenger vehicles from Iowa roadways or the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered by nearly 109 acres of forest in the United States.
In addition to the anticipated energy savings, the company received a $18,969 rebate for the projects.
“Central College is leading by example,” said David Vollmar, Alliant Energy key account manager. “Central College is showing how companies and organizations can achieve energy cost savings with projects and reduce their impact on the environment, all for the benefit of its students and community.”