April 20, 2016, Blue Bell, Pa.—During Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) annual Sustainability Festival, PECO presented a PECO Smart Ideas rebate for $36,000 to the College for its energy efficiency initiatives during the past year.
MCCC qualified for a PECO Smart Ideas rebate as a result of its project to replace existing exterior lighting with high-efficiency LED lighting at the Central Campus in Blue Bell and West Campus in Pottstown. In total, MCCC’s exterior lighting project reduced the college’s energy consumption by more than 416,000 kilowatt hours.
MCCC has a longstanding commitment to sustainability and the implementation of energy efficient practices. In June 2007, MCCC joined the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and formed a Presidents’ Climate Advisory Council comprised of faculty, alumni, students and community members to guide the development of a climate commitment plan with a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. In 2015, the College renewed its pledge by joining the White House American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge.
Since making this commitment, MCCC has executed numerous energy efficient practices. These include completing a comprehensive inventory of greenhouse gas emission, purchasing recycled office materials, purchasing electricity consumption from wind power, providing electric vehicles for use by public safety, revamping SEPTA transportation routes and operating a shuttle between campuses, among others.
Each year, MCCC hosts a Sustainability Festival in observance of Earth Day. At the festival, students, faculty and staff share displays and information about green initiatives and related academic programs.
Visit MCCC's Sustainability webpage to learn more.
- Diane VanDyke
Montgomery County Community College received a PECO Smart Ideas rebate for $36,000 for reducing the college’s energy consumption by more than 416,000 kilowatt hours by replacing the exterior lighting with high-efficiency LED lighting. From left: MCCC Vice President of Information Technology & Chief Digital Officer and Chair of the Presidents’ Climate Advisory Council Dr. Celeste Schwartz, PECO Vice President of Electric Operations Eric Helt, MCCC President Dr. Kevin Pollock, PECO Regional External Affairs Manager Suzanne Ryan and MCCC Associate Vice President for Facilities and Construction Jaime Garrido. Photo by Sandi Yanisko