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Institute for Sustainable Energy

Willimantic, Connecticut

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

The Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) aims to become an objective energy and educational resource for achieving a sustainable energy future in Connecticut. ISE accomplishes this mission through involvement with public policy, educational programs, energy solutions, energy information, and workforce development. ISE is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its efforts to promote energy efficiency and sustainability practices as a means of fighting climate change, and for recruiting participants to ENERGY STAR initiatives. Key accomplishments include:

  • Being featured in the April 2013 issue of the Sustainability Journal of Record, highlighting information about its partnership with ENERGY STAR and its use of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
  • Presenting to more than 35 community, higher education, K-12, and management groups about energy efficiency and sustainability concerns and strategies. At these speaking engagements, ISE personnel also discussed examples of schools and state buildings that have successfully benchmarked with Portfolio Manager and used other ENERGY STAR resources.
  • Contributing to the creation of the new GPRO Plus course—or Green Professional Building Skills Training—available to building managers, maintenance personnel, and administrators throughout the state. The course provides a comprehensive look at the way buildings are constructed, renovated, maintained, and operated, with a focus on sustainability and climate mitigation, and incorporates ENERGY STAR best practices for efficiency and benchmarking using Portfolio Manager.
  • Exploring opportunities to serve new clients by creating a replicable energy management model. For example, ISE created a benchmarking report using Portfolio Manager for one of the 17 technical high schools in the state that detailed energy use and inefficiencies, and provided recommendations for improving its 1–100 ENERGY STAR score. The report was presented to the state’s Lead by Example program and was successful in securing funding to undertake the first round of retrofit projects at no cost to the school.