to Share New Energy Manager
A new shared position among Smith,
Mount Holyoke and Amherst colleges will assist the three institutions
in administering the purchase of utilities and in developing
and implementing a self-sustaining energy conservation program.
Todd Holland was recently appointed by Five Colleges, Inc.,
to the position of Energy Manager for the three colleges.
The shared position represents a two-year pilot effort funded
by part of a grant to Five Colleges, Inc., from the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation to encourage collaborative models in
administration, according to a recently Five Colleges press
Energy management was labeled a top priority by physical plant
directors several years ago in a study commissioned by the
Five College Principal Business Officers. The directors recommended
the establishment of a shared position, similar to two other
Five College positions in risk management and recycling, “that
would furnish the schools with the specialized expertise needed
to purchase energy more cheaply, negotiate better contracts,
and identify over-consumption,” says the release.
As Energy Manager, Holland will work to establish collaborative
committees among the consortium members to promote energy
conservation and to avoid duplication of efforts from campus
to campus. Hampshire College may consider sharing the position
as well, following the pilot period.
Holland comes to Five Colleges from vanZelm Heywood &
Shadford, an engineering consulting firm in West Hartford,
Connecticut, for which he served as a senior mechanical engineer.
In that capacity, he completed several projects for Smith
and other area colleges, including master plans and infrastructure
upgrade designs. Most recently, Holland worked on the sustainable
mechanical design for the new Engineering and Molecular Sciences