Energy Reduction Fund Projects Underway

January 20, 2011

Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services has announced the selection of several Energy Reduction Fund projects that are currently being implemented across the campus. The Energy Reduction Fund, launched in September 2010, is a centralized mechanism to propose, prioritize, and track energy saving projects and energy retrofits for campus buildings. 

Projects currently underway include:

  • LED Upgrades for Campus Walkway Lights: Approximately 500 existing campus walkway lights will be converted to use LED bulbs and new higher efficiency ballasts.
  • Chemistry 1958 Wing HVAC:  Various HVAC Composite Systems will be upgraded with the installation of stops, sensors, and energy recovery systems.
  • Clinical Research Building HVAC: Current HVAC Constant Volume (CV) systems will be converted to Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems while labs and vivarium areas will be retrofitted with Aircuity air monitoring systems.
  • Stemmler Hall Lighting Upgrades:  The research building will upgrade to more efficient T8 and T5 fluorescent lights.
  • Stellar-Chance Laboratories Lighting Upgrades: In addition to upgrading its fluorescent lighting to T8 and T5 formats, the building will install an advanced lighting control system.

All Schools and Centers are encouraged to participate in the Energy Reduction Fund program by submitting ideas and questions related to energy reduction projects in their buildings to Energy Planning Associate Lydia Nicole Hermo at


Penn President Amy Gutmann was the first Ivy League President to sign the University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

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