Congressman Peter Welch Celebrates Success of Energy Efficiency Retrofits at Vermont Colleges

AVIC Energy Grant Press Conference: Association Vermont Independent College's met with US Rep. Peter Welch to thank him and Sen. Patrick Leahy for a grant to weatherize and increase energy efficiency in campus buildings. (Photos by Stephen Mease / Champlain College)

Rep. Peter Welch celebrated the success of federally funded energy efficiency projects on seven Vermont campuses at Champlain College on Dec. 19, 2013. Federal funding for these projects was secured in 2007 by Welch and Senator Patrick Leahy. Welch was joined by college presidents from the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges and representatives from Senator Leahy's office and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

"Investments in energy efficiency are a no-brainer. They create jobs, save money and improve the environment. Efficiency retrofits made by these colleges are already yielding substantial savings on their energy bills. In an era of escalating college tuition fees, I applaud their leaders for doing all they can to reduce energy costs that ultimately must be passed on to students and their families. They have also taken advantage of the grants as an educational opportunity for students to learn about the latest techniques for responsible energy use that reduces environmental impact."

In 2007, $1.5 million in federal funds was awarded to AVIC for energy efficiency upgrades, which went towards retrofit projects at Burlington College, Champlain College, College of St. Joseph, Green Mountain College, Goddard College, Marlboro College and Sterling College. Upgrades included investments in energy efficient lighting, thermal windows and doors, additional insulation, replaced window air conditioners and updated plumbing.


Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu


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