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IBM Energy Reduction Grants Awarded to Vermont Tech Projects

Thursday, July 5, 2012
Six Vermont Technical College professors have been awarded grants through the Vermont Tech
IBM Energy Reduction Project. Five individuals and one team are represented among the group.

Earlier this year, IBM awarded Vermont Tech funds for an energy efficiency initiative to reduce
its energy use by at least five percent annually. The IBM grant to Vermont Technical College
included $15,000 for proposals made by faculty who are interested in adapting existing course
components to include energy reduction information.

Vermont Tech President Dr. Philip Conroy said “These projects exemplify Vermont Tech’s
commitment to providing sustainable practice education and training.”

Individuals were eligible for up to $2,500 in funding to adapt an fall 2012 course in ways that
integrate energy reduction information, practices and data into the coursework. The faculty
winners are: Barbara D. Conrey, Architectural Building & Engineering Technology; Christopher
R. Dutton, Agriculture; Katherine Porter, Business Technology Management; Scott Sabol,
Architectural Building & Engineering Technology; and the team of Matthew Gallagher, Electrical
Engineering, and Andre St. Denis, Electrical Engineering. The team project will be implemented
on both the Williston and Randolph campuses of Vermont Tech. One applicant, Chris Dutton,
received grants for two different project proposals.

This grant competition was created and managed by Vermont Tech’s Center for Sustainable
Practices (CSP) as part of the IBM Energy Reduction Project. Review of proposals was
undertaken by Donna Barlow Casey, Director of the CSP, Jay Paterson, Chairperson of the IBM
Energy Reduction Team and Director of Strategic Operations for Vermont Tech, and Ruma
Kohli, IBM Product Stewardship Program Manager in consultation with IBM staff members.

Examples of the projects include:

Agricultural project to purchase tools for students to use in the evaluation of energy
saving strategies on the VT Tech Farm. This will involve measurement and analysis of
environmental conditions, their adequacy for animals and the adjustment of energy usage
accordingly. Students will be able to make more energy efficient choices in barn design
as professionals in the industry.

Incorporation of Vermont Tech energy reduction data into an introductory spreadsheet
data course, whereby students will learn to use spreadsheet software effectively and
efficiently to provide forecasting and analysis of data for specific energy reduction

proposals and initiatives.

Architectural/Engineering Management program, to introduce students to the business
and management practices found in the world of architectural engineering. Team-based
projects will focus on energy related issues, examine how energy-based decisions can
be used to affect project planning and design, and to determine how day-to-day business
practices can be enhanced by forming companies that embrace energy reduction in their

Support for the licensing of software that would allow students to create their own
interactive models of energy use for proposed or existing buildings.

Electrical Engineering projects to encourage energy reduction, pushing Vermont Tech
towards its 5% energy reduction goals, on scales ranging from producing a modified
energy source to a simple LED to creating a small-scale solar energy system.

Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont with the
mission of applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves
students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond, at its two primary campuses in
Randolph Center and Williston, and at nine nursing sites located throughout the state. Vermont
Tech offers a wide range of programs in engineering, agriculture, technology, allied health, and
business that are vital to producing graduates with the knowledge and experience most sought
by employers in the state and in the region. It is recognized as one of America’s Best Colleges in
U.S. News and World Report.