Patrick Richardson and Jim Dees

Patrick Richardson, ASU Energy Analyst and
Jim Dees, Data and Assessment Specialist at ASU Office of Sustainability
App State is 45% More Energy Efficient Since 2002-03: How it was Achieved and Future Goals


Monday, February 19 | 4:00 - 5:00
Plemmons Student Union, Room 137A Calloway Peak
FREE and open to the public

Appalachian State’s 45% is the highest energy intensity reduction for the entire UNC system; in doing so, the University has avoided $37 million in energy and water costs since 2002-03. Appalachian has recently adopted a 2017 Strategic Energy and Water Management Plan, has a student-led, student-funded Renewable Energy Initiative (REI) that installs renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on campus, and has received numerous awards including the STARS Gold rating since 2012 and the 2015 USGBC’s Climate Leadership Award.

Many different strategies have been used to achieve this impressive reduction including optimizing HVAC systems, installing occupancy controls, implementing LED lighting, operating one of the most diverse renewable energy portfolios in the state, tracking energy performance and setting goals, and utilizing performance contracting. Join Patrick and Jim for this exciting lecture where they will share their efforts, challenges, and Appalachian's energy reduction goals for the future.

View the Appalachian Today article on this presentation.

Jim serves the Office of Sustainability as a specialist focusing on sustainability data, Appalachian's involvement with the ACUPCC Climate Action Planning process and the university's Renewable Energy resource responsibilities to the State of North Carolina. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Frostburg State University. He comes to ASU from Guilford College, where he built and managed their Sustainability Program. Jim brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of sustainability ranging from climate action planning to sustainable urban agriculture.

Patrick is the Energy Analyst for Appalachian State University and is part of the team that achieved a 45% energy usage intensity reduction. His job includes tracking energy consumption, identifying energy hogs, writing controls code, making HVAC schedules, and developing / implementing energy reduction technologies, etc. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science Summa Cum Laude from NCSU, Professional Energy Manager Certification, Six Sigma Green Belt, three international patents, and has presented and taught Electromagnetic Compatibility and signal integrity classes around the world. He is an ASUREI Adviser, the Appalachian Energy Summit Energy Manager Working Group 2 Chair, and is on the Appalachian State Staff Senate Exec Board.

*Attendance will be kept for faculty offering extra credit for students.*

The Sustainable Energy Speaker Series is sponsored by Appalachian Energy Center and the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment.

Patrick Richardson and Jim Dees
Published: Feb 19, 2018 12:00am