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Thanks to state fund, five Drexel buildings get energy retrofits

Elise Vider at Keystone Edge, an online publication focused on Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, describes campus science buildings as “the modern version of the shoemaker’s children without any shoes.”  Even though campus science buildings are the largest energy consumers on campus, they’re often overlooked – just like the shoemaker’s barefoot children.

Vider highlights Joyce Ferris’s insight into the energy costs of science building ventilation.  Ferris describes science buildings as “the largest energy users on campus.”  Blue Hill co-developed and managed funding from the Campus Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) for energy retrofits at five science buildings at Drexel University.  Read more.

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainable Name Joyce Ferris One of Top Twenty Women Cleantech Investors

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Women in Cleantech & Sustainability named Joyce Ferris one of top twenty women cleantech investors. Women in Cleantech & Sustainability is an organization that fosters and supports the network of women dedicated to growing the green economy. Women in Cleantech & Sustainability recognizes Ferris’s success in building entrepreneurial companies and her support of a high-performing and collaborative business community.
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Blue Hill Launches Program to Fund Science Building Efficiency Projects at PA Colleges and Universities

Philadelphia PA

As part of the Campus Energy Efficiency Fund, Blue Hill has created a program to fund science building energy efficiency upgrades at Pennsylvania based colleges and universities. The program will allow colleges and universities to implement science building energy efficiency projects at no cost and pay for the projects through achieved energy savings.


Science buildings are the biggest energy users on campus – with energy use intensity of 3 to 4 times that of non science buildings. With such high energy usage, science buildings typically represent the largest energy savings opportunities on campus, with savings between 40-60%. Blue Hill provides project funding through an Efficiency Service Agreement (“ESA”), which allows Blue Hill to pay for the entire cost of the project and be repaid only through achieved savings.  Projects provide immediate positive cash flow to the school and often include related building upgrades and repairs. The ESA is a turnkey, performance based alternative to funding the project through the capital or operating budget.Blue Hill has created a package of Energy Conservation Measures specifically targeted at science buildings, including: centralized demand control ventilation, supply and exhaust valves, fume hood controls, and upgrades from constant to variable volume systems. The retrofit package was created using proven energy savings strategies implemented at other leading colleges, including University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and University of California Irvine.An overview of the program can be downloaded here.For additional information please contact Walter King at Blue Hill Partners @ 215-247-2400 x 103About Blue HillBlue Hill Partners is a private investment firm that has been exclusively focused in the energy efficiency sector for over 13 years. Blue Hill’s mission is to be the leader in investing in projects and businesses that provide energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy as a service for the built environment.

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Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Conference Highlights Blue Hill Partners

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

KEEAJoyce Ferris will present at the Keystone Energy Efficiency Conference 2012 at the Harrisburg Hilton. The conference will highlight the latest updates to energy efficiency policy and program developments from utilities, industry leaders and local, state, and federal government officials. Visit the KEEA Conference website for the full schedule and registration.