Three years ago, John A. Logan College made a commitment through the Illinois Sustainable Universities Compact to reduce energy usage per square foot by 10% by the end of the 2010 calendar year. The College has not only achieved this goal, but has exceeded it. On the Carterville main campus, JALC’s electric usage per square foot fell by 18 % and cost per square foot dropped 27% between 2008 and 2010. During the same time frame, natural gas usage and cost reductions were 27% and 47%, respectively. Although the Alongi Extension Center in Du Quoin is a much smaller facility, the usage goal was also met there, with an exact 10% reduction in usage. The total number of kilowatt-hours of electricity used on the main campus was reduced by 1,154,996 kilowatt-hours – enough to power over 100 average U.S. houses for a year. This resulted in a savings to the College of $144,221.
Vice-President for Business Services and College Facilities Brad McCormick credits the team effort exerted campus wide for the marked energy savings. He gives special credit to the facilities staff and to Sue Zamora for her help in putting energy rebate applications together and her work in documenting the efforts.
“I am very much aware this was a team effort,” McCormick said. “As we have adjusted temperature set points and...