Saving Energy: Steps Independent Schools Can Take Now to Reduce Energy Costs and Promote Sustainability
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
100 Summer Street
In 2016, Massachusetts was named the most energy efficient state in the nation by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for the sixth consecutive year. It seems that everywhere you look, businesses and individuals are touting energy programs that promote sustainability. Independent schools across the state are taking advantage of such programs. Are you keeping up?
On March 8, we were joined by Alexander Pollard, Energy Efficiency Commercial Programs Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, about the energy-saving programs that are available for schools and the benefits of implementing such programs.
Many schools are exploring how to save electric costs, including generating their own electricity by using solar panels. Solar projects provide schools with short-term cost savings, long-term protection against increases in utility rates, educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects, and evidence of the school’s commitment to sustainability – all with no investment of capital by the school. But, these projects are complex and there are many traps for the unwary. Pierce Atwood partners Andrew Kaplan and Dan Bailey provided an overview of what schools should look out for when considering a solar project and education law partner Suzanne King moderated the discussion.
Who Should Attend? Heads of School, CFOs, Business Officers, Facilities Managers, and Sustainability Officials