Albright College adding electric vehicle charging stations to help meet sustainability goals
Albright College recently announced the installation of 16 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus. The stations will be utilized by staff, students, and the community at large. The new EV charging fleet will be one of the largest accessible by the public in the Reading, PA area, providing the community with available electric power to reduce carbon emissions and drive the movement towards decarbonizing transportation.
Albright College is partnering with Evolution Energy Partners (EEP) to install the 16 new charging stations without passing on any costs to students or the community. EEP will install the 16 units and train Albright staff on how to operate the chargers. Albright College was provided a total of $95,000 in grant funds which includes $85,000 from the Pennsylvania DEP’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program for Infrastructure and $10,000 from Berks County Community Foundation’s Met Ed Sustainable Energy Fund. EEP was also able to obtain over $45,000 in incentives which will offset an overall cost of $170,000 for the new charging stations.
“The inclusion of energy-efficient equipment and practices is consistent with Albright College’s overall commitment to environmental awareness and responsibility,” said Kera Wierzbicki, Albright’s environmental health and safety officer and chair of the college’s Committee for Sustainability and Stewardship. An initiative of Albright President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82, the Sustainability Committee initiates and supports environmental policies, actions, and programs at Albright, ensuring that environmental concerns, including energy conservation, are considered in all aspects of the college’s decision-making.
The new EV chargers are phase 2 of Albright’s commitment to sustainability and energy conservation. Albright is working with EEP to continue improving energy use and efficiency across the campus and add to the current energy efficiency projects currently underway.
“Albright is a true leader in sustainability,” said Chuck Hurchalla, President of EEP, “We are proud to partner with Albright and continue to define new and innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint.”
The press release can also be found on the Albright website here.
ABOUT EVOLUTION ENERGY PARTNERS (EEP)
Evolution Energy Partners is a full-service energy management, engineering, and consulting firm offering best-in-class sustainability, energy efficiency, procurement, and analytical solutions. Our goal is to build solutions that decrease our client’s carbon footprint through effective energy management and increased efficiency while maximizing savings to the organization. Evolution Energy Partners customers enjoy positive impact on the bottom line by leveraging a comprehensive suite of services that mitigate risk, enhance stakeholder value, and provide a foundation to increase corporate citizenship and sustainable practices. For more information about energy efficiency projects and cost savings through energy management contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT ALBRIGHT COLLEGE
Founded in 1856, Albright College is a diverse community of learners cultivating integrity, curiosity, connection and resilience. The college’s flexible curriculum encourages students to combine and cross majors to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship and numerous experiential learning options create opportunities for Albright graduates to exceed their own expectations. Located in Reading, Pa., Albright enrolls more than 1,800 full-time undergraduates and 700 adult learners and graduate students.