Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Energy Management Energy Management


Ted Forester
dforester@kvcc.edu
269.488.4284


Reducing energy waste lowers our carbon footprint and is a sustainable move!


KVCC's Energy Program is based on taking a comprehensive action to save energy. We have partnered with Centergistic, a company with a proven 24-year track record of assisting educational organizations across the nation via successfully implementing hundreds of energy saving strategies. Student, faculty and staff comfort and protection of property from temperature and humidity-related problems is a cornerstone of the process.

It takes common sense to save energy. The more people involved in the process, the greater the result! This is especially true in an organization like ours, where there are numerous facilities, multiple schedules and activities, and a variety of complex heating and cooling systems. Monitoring ventilation, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, outside temperature and humidity, the building control system makes dozens of automated adjustment each day. This complex system is also managed daily by Maintenance Staff who attend specialized training on the system. Auditing the buildings at different times day and night with electronic equipment gives us many clues on opportunities to improve. Requirements change with the seasons, and weather changes constantly. It’s a never-ending quest to ensure comfort while we reduce waste. Overall energy savings come from a cooperative of virtually everyone in the system doing their part to conserve energy.

Note that some of the easiest, most effective ways to reduce energy cost is to use the same energy-smart practices that you use at home. Turn off unnecessary lights, turn off your computer every night (don't forget your monitor too.) Before you exit the classroom please check that all lights, computers, audio visual equipment has been powered down and in the off position.

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Ted Forester at 488.4284.

Thank you for doing your part!