New position is made possible by a recent Jessie Ball duPont Fund grant.
Ferrum, VA (Dec. 4, 2013) – Christian Bedard, former energy manager for Roanoke County Schools, has been named
Ferrum College’s first energy manager, a newly created position partially funded by
a recent grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support energy conservation projects
As energy manager, Bedard will coordinate, centralize and streamline all aspects of
the College’s sustainability efforts, as well as make recommendations regarding such
energy conserving initiatives as lighting retrofits, heating and air conditioning
updates, water system updates, electrical service updates, and energy-related sustainability
Bedard brings extensive experience and training in energy conservation and management
to his new position. In his previous role in the Roanoke County school system he increased
energy savings from 26% to 38% in four years, for a total savings of $4.3 million
for the system, and in 2010 was awarded the Chairman’s Sustainability Award from Energy
“We are extremely grateful to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for helping Ferrum College
in our ‘green’ 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. She is particularly proud of the example the College is
setting for students. “When our students see how committed we are as an institution
to helping secure the future for our planet, they are inspired to do what they can
to make a difference, such as using the recycling bins around campus and turning off
lights and computers when they’re not in use,” said 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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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college related
to the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's
degree programs, at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. The
College celebrates its centennial in 2013.