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April 22, 2013

MCC encourages Earth Day participation

College reduces energy consumption 23 percent

MERIDIAN —     While the world celebrates Earth Day today, Meridian Community College faculty, staff and students can participate as well, each one with a strong sense of satisfaction at having done his or her part to control energy use.

    MCC has an active energy conservation program that has already achieved more than $490,000 savings through a 23 percent reduction in energy use over 22 months, said Pete Willis, energy specialist at the College. That savings translates into significant numbers for Earth Day, too.

    Since MCC began the program, energy consumption has been reduced by 23,000 MMBTUs. That reduction translates into the equivalent of 3,309 tons of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere, or 594 passenger cars not driven for one year, or 84,641 trees grown for 10 years.

    For Earth Day, MCC plans to continue its efforts, and invites the public to join in. Willis said there are a number of resources available on the Internet that can help individuals learn how to save energy in their own homes.

    “It’s important for all of us to save energy. While most of the time we discuss it in terms of saving money, for Earth Day we encourage you to be concerned with our natural resources. Being good stewards of both our money and our environment gives us a great sense of satisfaction,” said Willis.

    The cost of utilities is among the largest budget line-items for MCC, and the prices for these have steadily increased over the past few years and with the rate increase from Mississippi Power set to go into effect electricity will rise significantly.     To combat these rising energy and utility costs, MCC entered into a partnership with Cenergistic to implement a comprehensive organizational-behavior based energy conservation program throughout all its buildings and campuses. Cenergistic guarantees the conservation program will save taxpayer dollars, save jobs and preserve important programs while saving vital natural resources.

    MCC’s energy conservation program is projected to save $3 million through the first 10 years of its energy conservation program. That translates into more resources available to better serve the community.

    Cenergistic is a technology-powered, data-driven energy conservation company and for the past five years, Cenergistic has earned national recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, including the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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