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Ferrum College Implements Jessie Ball duPont Fund Grant.


Ferrum College Implements Jessie Ball duPont Fund Grant.

Money will be used to enhance campus “green” initiatives and education.

Ferrum, Va. (June 24, 2011) – On the heels of a successful sustainability campaign funded by a $150,000 grant received in 2009 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Ferrum College is planning to implement a second duPont award which will build upon the success achieved with the first project,  entitled Sub-Metering: A Step Toward Sustainability.

Earlier this year the College was granted an additional $100,000 for a three-year follow up plan to be called Sustainable Energy Action and Accounting (SEAA).  The new plan calls for:

  1. Immediate advances in campus energy conservation.
  2. Setting aside funds for long-term strategies for reducing energy costs
  3. Articulating short, medium and long term energy conservation strategies
  4. Building upon already achieved student, faculty and staff awareness of energy conservation.

“We are extremely grateful to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for their generosity and recognition of Ferrum’s substantial green initiatives,” said Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten.

Project Director Glen Stevens, assistant professor of Environmental Science, said that this new grant from duPont allows the College to continue its sustainability momentum.  “We raised awareness during our initial sustainability campaign, now we want to build upon the foundation we have created,” said Stevens.

Stevens explained that in the initial phase of the program the College installed sub-meters in eleven buildings on campus, allowing students to track energy usage and to hold a competition among residence halls to see which building could conserve the most energy.

The next phase calls for a number of specific protocols on campus including:

  • Replacing fluorescent ballasts in the two buildings with the largest number of lighting fixtures:  Garber Hall and Stanley Library
  • Incorporation of motion sensors into all restrooms on campus
  • Replacement of halogen bulbs in EXIT signs with LED bulbs
  • Sub-metering ten additional buildings on the main college campus
  • Purchase and use of a thermal imaging camera to identify building insulation issues

In addition, the College will meet with energy consultants to identify profitable energy conservation measures which can be carried out over the long term. 

Plans call for implementation of those additional concepts in the second year of the grant, (2012-2013) as well as building more of a campus-wide awareness of energy conservation and sustainability.

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About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with 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.

About the Jessie Ball duPont Fund: The Jessie Ball duPont Fund makes grants to more than 330 eligible organizations identified by Mrs. duPont in her will. The Fund has assets of more than $281 million and has awarded more than $303 million in grants since 1977.