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Dartmouth’s Energy Picture: Past, Present, and Future?

April 21, 2017, 3:30 pm
Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall

Abbe Bjorklund & Steve Shadford

Dartmouth College 

ABSTRACT: Abbe Bjorklund, Dartmouth’s Director of Engineering & Utilities, and Steve Shadford, Dartmouth’s Energy Program Manager, will provide an overview of Dartmouth’s energy picture. Did you know that Dartmouth was an early campus energy system innovator, installing the first campus district heating system on the east coast in 1898, and cogenerating campus electricity since 1905? In the past decade, Dartmouth has made great strides in campus energy efficiency in its new and existing buildings, reducing overall energy consumption by 18% while the campus has grown by 22%. Looking to the future, Dartmouth has recently completed an in-depth study process aimed towards transformation of its heating, cooling, and electrical supply systems, moving towards renewable energy and away from fossil fuels and grid electricity. Next steps in implementing these changes will be discussed.

Abbe Bjorklund is Dartmouth’s Director of Engineering and Utilities. In this role since December 2015, Abbe oversees engineering for buildings and utilities on Dartmouth’s campus, as well as energy procurement, planning, and efficiency initiatives. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Abbe worked as an engineering consultant in Boston for over 25 years, specializing in high performance building and utility system planning, design and commissioning. She is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Commissioning Process Management Professional.

Steve Shadford is Dartmouth’s Energy Program Manager. Steve joined Dartmouth’s Facilities Engineering department in 2007 to implement a focused energy efficiency program. Steve’s prior professional experience includes ownership of a building automation firm, energy conservation and efficiency consulting and building energy system recommissioning. Steve has over 40 years of experience in building energy systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, and LEED Accredited Professional.

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