FHU Program Earns Environmental Stewardship Award

MAY 5, 2014

Freed-Hardeman's staff awarded for environmental stewardship

Energy conservation company Cenergistic presented Freed-Hardeman University with the Award for Energy Stewardship Monday, May 5, at FHU. The award recognizes FHU’s efforts to implement an innovative organizational behavior-based energy conservation and management program.

“President Joe Wiley, the board members and administration are demonstrating wise fiscal and environmental stewardship by implementing this unique program,” Dr. William Spears, chairman and founder of Cenergistic, said. “Using human resources to reduce energy use saves natural and financial resources for the organization and the community.”

FHU’s program delivers an environmental benefit from a reduced carbon footprint. In the first 16 months of the program, FHU saved approximately 22,275 MMBTU, the equivalent of 141 cars removed from the road or 17,333 pine trees grown for 10 years.

FHU energy specialist Molly Plyler receives intensive training from Cenergistic to implement conservation procedures in all of the system’s facilities. She routinely conducts energy audits to ensure that energy is used only as necessary. She also motivates FHU faculty and students to use energy wisely and to practice smart energy strategies.

Cenergistic helps organizations reduce consumption of electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water. Cenergistic’s proven approach is built on a proprietary methodology, which optimizes clients’ infrastructure, improves internal processes and changes behavior to ensure that savings endure. For the past six years, Cenergistic has earned national recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.