UDC News

October 19, 2011


University of the District of Columbia partners with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to promote demonstration energy efficiency projects

Washington, DC - The The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) have formed a partnership to pilot demonstration projects at the University. The partnership entails lighting retrofits, the installation of new energy-efficient light fixtures and the utilization of a lighting management program to reduce energy consumption at the UDC campus. The DC SEU is providing UDC an incentive grant of $65,000 for these projects.

"As we continue to expand our Sustainability Initiative and grow into our role as a sustainability leader in higher education, partnerships with organizations like the DC Sustainable Energy Utility become critically important," says UDC President, Allen L. Sessoms.

In meeting its goal of promoting energy efficiency investments throughout the District of Columbia, the DC SEU utilizes its resources to leverage further energy savings with residential, commercial and institutional partners. "Very early on, the DC SEU identified UDC as a value-added institution, one with physical and intellectual assets to build on," says Scott Johnstone, acting Managing Director of the DC SEU. "UDC and the DC SEU share a common mission in serving the residents of the District of Columbia so developing our partnership came naturally."

Over the course of a few weeks, lighting upgrades to conference rooms, classrooms and student study rooms will be completed. Improvements will result in energy savings of up to fifteen percent. "Students and faculty will notice a substantial upgrade in the appearance of our educational facilities," Dr. Sessoms continues.

As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit:  http://www.udc.edu/equal_opportunity.

The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - 3624 Market Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104 - 267.284.5000

Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371

The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) is designed to help District households, businesses, and institutions save energy and money through energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The DC SEU is a project of the Sustainable Energy Partnership under contract to the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).
Contact: Maria Brown, Marketing Manager, mvbrown@dcseu.com, 202.479.2222