Agnes Scott Wins Regional Sustainable Energy Award

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) has recognized Agnes Scott College for its role in DecaturWISE, a home retrofit energy efficiency program.

The program included energy-saving updates to five homes owned by the college and rented by college faculty and staff. These homes served as case studies for a building science research study conducted by the Buildings Technologies Research and Integration Center of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Built in the 1920s, the homes were prime candidates for researching the impact of various retrofit measures on energy efficiency and cost savings in this mixed humid climate zone. By making use of integrated building science and systems engineering principles, contractor Renewal Design-Build was able to reduce energy usage in the Agnes Scott homes by 30 to 50 percent.

The award also recognized the City of Decatur, CLEAResult and Renewal System Solutions for their roles in DecaturWISE.

The awards were made through SEEA’s regional Energy Pro3 initiative – a series of convenings and awards that highlight the productivity and progress achieved through energy efficiency programs across the Southeast.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.