Every dollar Boys & Girls Clubs save on utility costs can serve more youth. What food banks save on utility costs can help feed more hungry families.
In 2013, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) partnered with The JPB Foundation and Southface to develop a pilot program to help BGCA affiliates in the southeast region save money by cutting energy and water waste. The ultimate goal of the Energy & Water Efficiency Program (EWEP) pilot was to improve conditions in existing facilities and reduce annual utility expenses by 20 percent so that those dollars could be used to serve more kids! At the close of the pilot program in 2015, over $800,000 in funding was awarded to 17 Clubs and results indicate the potential for a year over year utility savings of up to 25 percent!
Building on the success of the pilot, Southface expanded the partnership with BGCA and created a new pilot with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. Launched in 2015, the Nonprofit Energy & Water Efficiency (NEWE) Initiative is funding Boys and Girls Clubs and Feeding America food banks nationwide. To date, approximately $1.5M in funding has been awarded to 30 clubs and three food banks! Ultimately, the NEWE initiative will strengthen nonprofit organizations by delivering a path to lessen the environmental impact of their facilities while also redirecting revenue to serve community needs.
Boys & Girls Clubs by the numbers –
30 Clubs, 12 States, $428,881 Saved!
A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club
The Kirkwood Balton Unit has a heated indoor pool. By installing a pool cover and repairing leaks in their pool and ballfield irrigation system, along with installation of Internet-based thermostats, the club has significantly reduced both energy and water use and cost.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
The Rick & Rita Case Club just recently completed installation of heat-reducing window film, new HVAC controls, vending machine controls, and LED lighting throughout. Their new LED outdoor lighting is bi-level, getting brighter when integral sensors detect motion.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Whitfield County
The Carl Rollins Unit was able to complete their projects in record time through careful management. They have provided good feedback to EWEP staff to help us improve our program. EWEP-funded projects included low-flow plumbing fixtures, Internet-based thermostats, vending machine controls, and LED lighting and controls throughout.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta
The Greenwood Club is the smallest club participating in the EWEP, and has leveraged relationships with other strategic partners to transform their club to include landscaping and cosmetic upgrades in addition to the EWEP-funded projects. With funding from EWEP for a new drinking fountain with bottle refill station, high-performance HVAC, LED lighting and controls, Internet-based thermostats, spray foam insulation, and new windows and doors, they have been able to perform very well in the competition.
The Salvation Army Fuqua Boys & Girls Club
The Salvation Army Fuqua Boys & Girls Club was the first club to get started in the pilot program, and they provided great feedback on some of the newer technologies used, enabling EWEP staff to improve our processes. This club closed out the implementation process with a well-attended open house so that club members could show their parents all of the great upgrades to their club. Additionally, the Fuqua Club received a rebate from Georgia Power in the amount of $5,626 that they were able to reinvest in their operations. The Fuqua Club is also participating in the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge and has already exceeded the 20% energy savings goal.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Moultrie/Colquitt County
The Boys & Girls Club in Moultrie, GA, was already making the most of their energy and water resources through careful management when they were selected for participation in the BGCA EWEP program. Projects completed with BGCA EWEP funding include: installation of LED lamps and new ballasts, Internet-based thermostats, and minor weatherization upgrades.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama
The Boys & Girls Club of Hueytown includes a heated indoor pool which is certainly a great program asset, but these generally use a lot of energy and water. Projects installed with EWEP funding include a pool blanket that reduces evaporation losses when the pool is unoccupied. With this project, as well as new LED lighting and controls, and Internet-based thermostats, the club is all set to compete.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area
The Rick & Susan Goings Club was able to leverage a strong relationship with Tupperware Corporation to increase the amount of work that they were able to complete by nearly 40% using Tupperware’s generous contribution of in-house labor for several of the projects. EWEP-funded projects completed were LED lighting and controls throughout, low-flow plumbing fixtures, heat-reducing window film, insulation, and vending machine controls. Tupperware even helped the club establish a recycling program thereby creating a model for all Boys & Girls Clubs. The club has applied for a rebate from Duke Energy estimated to be in the amount of $5,894.
Boys & Girls Clubs of The Tennessee Valley
Lenoir City, TN
The Lenoir City Club is quickly moving up in the overall pilot program rankings and they have also noticed a tremendous savings in maintenance cost for HVAC and lighting. EWEP-funded projects include LED lighting and controls, high-performance HVAC, Internet-based thermostats, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Davidson County
The Thomasville Unit is making excellent progress in reducing energy use in 2015. EWEP-funded projects included spray foam insulation in the attic, a new drinking fountain with bottle refill station, high-performance HVAC, LED lighting and controls, Internet-based thermostats, and hand dryers to eliminate the use of paper towels.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia
The South Rome Club got an early start on improving the efficiency of their club prior to participating in EWEP, and has continued saving further by participating in the EWEP pilot. The South Rome club has an active garden club, and used part of their EWEP funding to install a rainwater harvesting system to collect and store rainwater for their garden. They also upgraded their central HVAC controls, added vending machine controls, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and LED lighting. Their new LED outdoor lighting is bi-level, getting brighter when integral sensors detect motion.
East Texas Food Bank
The East Texas Food Bank has significantly reduced their lighting system maintenance hours and cost by replacing older fluorescent fixtures with LED, thereby reducing peak lighting power by more than 50 percent while improving lighting quality and reliability. Warehouse fixtures have individual motion-based controls that allow the fixtures to turn off when areas are vacant. New exterior fixtures have integral occupancy sensors and photocells that ensure that lighting is available when needed, allowing the fixtures to dim when no one is nearby.
St. Louis Area Food Bank
St. Louis, MO
The St. Louis Area Food Bank was able to improve lighting quality while reducing air-conditioning and refrigeration loads through replacement of inefficient indoor and outdoor lighting with high-performance LED. Warehouse lighting includes fixture-integral motion-sensing controls to reduce lighting energy in unoccupied areas. Office areas also use motion and dimming controls. Outdoor lighting fixtures are bi-level, increasing lighting output when sensing motion.
The facility’s building automation system (BAS) was upgraded to allow for scheduling and temperature control of HVAC systems, and for online monitoring of refrigeration system performance. A dedicated air conditioning unit installed in the server room allows for shutdown of the central HVAC system during unoccupied periods.
West Alabama Food Bank
The original lighting in the east side of the West Alabama Food Bank was obsolete fluorescent, much of which had failed. The food bank was able to improve lighting quality significantly through replacement of this inefficient lighting with high-performance LED. Warehouse, salvage, packing, and agency shopping lighting fixtures include integral motion-sensing controls to reduce lighting energy in unoccupied areas. The office area also uses local motion control. Outdoor lighting fixtures are bi-level, increasing lighting output when sensing motion.
The facility’s thermostats were upgraded to web-based thermostats to allow for scheduling and temperature control of HVAC systems via the Internet or smart phone.