Smart Cities CouncilHow a school’s major energy upgrade will save almost $1 million a year (and help pay for itself)

Schools generally are as much at the mercy of tight budgets and aging assets as cities. So when it comes to planning and funding for projects, creative strategies are essential. Our story below describes a large-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrade to be implemented by a Boston-area community college and Council Associate Partner Ameresco. The takeaways for cities (and other schools)? The college will gain a green, sustainable campus with environmental benefits that will extend into the surrounding community—and the substantial savings in the school’s energy costs will help pay for the upgrade. And there’s also the matter of timing. The extensive energy project will be coordinated with a campus-wide renovation, a strategy that should reduce disruption.

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By Doug Peeples