Princeton Day School is happy to announce a five-year energy agreement with ENGIE Resources. ENGIE Resources is a subsidiary of ENGIE North America Inc. and part of the international energy group ENGIE. As a leading electricity supplier to non-residential consumers in the United States, they deliver a combination of products and services including solar and other renewable energy options. This partnership will allow Princeton Day to continue its dedication to sustainability by encouraging the development of renewable energy including wind farms and solar arrays while also providing budget certainty to the school.
Through the agreement, Princeton Day School will receive Green-e® Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) equal to one hundred percent of the school's electricity usage over the term of the contract. The RECs represent the environmental benefits equal to the removal of more than 500 gasoline-powered passenger motor vehicles from highways every year through 2024, or 5,000 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled. Green-e® RECs are determined by the Center for Resource Solutions to be independently verified to represent the environmental benefits of one MWh of renewable energy.
Dulany Gibson, Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations, states that Princeton Day's goal "is to nurture a culture of environmental stewardship by working simultaneously in the areas of facilities, behavior, and curriculum. We want our graduates to understand that how they use resources affects the ability of future generations to also use those resources." To this end, "executing an environmentally responsible, fixed-price, long-term energy contract helps us lead by example with fiscal and ecological benefits."
"We are proud to work with Princeton Day School on their sustainable development goals while at the same time providing increased LEED recognition for the campus," said Brad McIntyre, Senior Business Development Manager for ENGIE. "By participating in our Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) program, Princeton Day School helps reduce energy costs, improve grid stability and accrues LEED certification points to further demonstrate their commitment to running a sustainable and efficient campus."
Additionally, Michael Amabile, Principal, Industrial Energy, an energy advisor to the School, said that PDS school leaders should be recognized on two accounts. "Not only did school administrators make a strong statement in support of their low carbon initiatives, they also locked in a fixed price in a regional transmission interconnection that is known for volatile, unpredictable spikes in prices."
Princeton Day School looks forward to this partnership with ENGIE and will continue on its path towards more sustainable business practices.