William Leahy, associate executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, has been selected by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to serve as liaison and energy reduction coordinator for the higher education sector as part of DEEP's new "Lead by Example" program. The program responds to Governor Malloy's pledge to make Connecticut the most energy efficient state in the nation. It is designed to meet the goals of Public Act 11-80, which calls for a 10 percent reduction in energy used by State facilities by 2013 and a further 10 percent reduction by 1018.
In support of the initiative, the State Bond Commission recently authorized $15 million to implement energy-saving retrofits in state buildings, address deferred maintenance issues, reduce the costs of emergency repairs, lower long-term maintenance costs and leverage dollars for construction of new buildings.
Leahy will be working with the Connecticut State University System and Connecticut Community Colleges to assist them in identifying energy saving opportunities and implement Lead by Example projects.