March 27, 2017
Alethea Cariddi, UNE’s sustainability coordinator, was interviewed on March 8 by WERU community radio for its “Power for the People” program. She discussed the many efficiency projects that have been implemented at the University of New England.
Cariddi highlighted efforts by the University to reduce its carbon footprint through transportation projects, noting the zip car program, the bicycle give-away program, the intercampus shuttle and the shuttle bus that runs between the Biddeford Campus and the city’s downtown and shopping districts. She also addressed the water filtration systems that were installed to reduce reliance on bottled water and the University’s single-sort recycling program administered through Eco-Maine, a non-profit organization that offers environmentally sound solid waste solutions.
A large part of the interview was devoted to discussing four projects at UNE that were enacted through Efficiency Maine, an independent administrator for energy efficiency programs in the state. Cariddi described UNE’s building automation control project, an initial LED lighting project, the installation of a solar thermal system on the Campus Center, and a second, more extensive LED project.
Cariddi also spoke of the various eco-friendly features of the Danielle N. Ripich Commons, currently under construction on the Biddeford Campus. “There are a lot of features in that building that are very sustainable,” she said, noting regionally sourced construction materials that are high in recycled content, bird safe glass on the front of the building and a small solar panel.
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