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Be Bright 2014

Be Bright 2014

Be Bright 2014

Be Bright 2014

Be Bright will kick off again this year with horse drawn carriage rides! On Tuesday, April 15th from 11am to 2pm stop by Proctor to make your energy pledge and take a ride.


We’re gearing up for the second Be Bright campaign starting in April!

Astrid Schanz-Garbassi ‘12 explains the idea behind YouPower and importance of understanding energy. “My hope was that Middlebury students could start thinking of energy in almost the same way we think of, and are able to budget, our money,” Schanz-Garbassi says. “We know how much everything costs, but we have no idea what we’re doing with energy.”

Middlebury’s Carbon Emissions ‘07-‘12. How can we do better?

Last Power Potluck of the year with Middlebury’s Distinguished Men of Color.

Great ideas and conversation came out of the first Power Potluck with Old Stone Mill board members and tenants.

WOOPS! We scheduled this event during the Spring Symposium. YouPower Watt-A-Thon rescheduled for April 26th.



Dean Ouellete, Energy & Technology Manager at Middlebury

1. What is the role of the Energy & Technology Manager?

Provide technical support for campus energy planning, production, consumption, and efficiency. Provide hands on management & programming of building and central plant control systems, and support for mechanical/electrical trades involved with these systems. Manage relevant projects. Complement the Facilities Services Department management team with the review, development, and practical implementation of potential alternative energy sources in support of the College’s 2016 Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

2. What’s a recent example of how you’ve helped Middlebury College conserve energy on a large scale?

The air conditioning in Bicentennial Hall uses steam for the chillers that produce the chilled water for the building. With some easy to implement control changes we were able to change the way in which the units start/stop. These control changes have saved the college approximately $250,000 in #6 fuel oil savings a year.

3. What changes would like to see happen at the college that could have the greatest impact on reducing energy consumption?

I would like to see people keep their windows closed during the heating/cooling seasons. A lot of energy is used to heat/cool these buildings and to bring fresh outside air in to breath. We heat that air up more efficiently with heat exchangers built into the air handlers. To open a window is a waste.

I am working on collecting more data from our buildings to understand when we do implement a change, exactly what that impact is.

4. What’s the best part of your job?

Having the feeling that I can really help to make a difference in how Middlebury uses and conserves energy.

5. How do you conserve energy in your day-to-day life?

Besides shutting things off that are not needed around my house, I drive a small car to work instead of my truck at 1/3 the fuel use. Hang clothes out to dry instead of using a dryer. We also have solar hot water and solar electric power, but that is energy production, not conservation.  It is good to remind folks about the difference.

6. What’s your favorite energy saving tip? 

Shut things off when they are not needed. Every person must also help decide what a “need” is and what a “want” is.

Every week we will feature a new Be Bright Energy Expert at Middlebury— a member of the Middlebury community who plays a key role in managing and conserving energy and educating the campus about energy use.

A black screen uses less energy than a white screen. Use blackle and take a small step towards conserving energy (Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year).