Program to conserve energy, save money
The Western Front
October 15, 2015
A new student-led project to promote sustainable-energy use will be testing the waters on Western’s campus this fall.
Funded by the Sustainable Action Fund grant, which all Western students’ tuition pays into, Project RENT aims to educate off-campus students about how to conserve energy in their homes and reduce their monthly energy bills.
Project RENT, which stands for Reducing ENergy with Tenants, was founded by graduate student Stefanie Neale, 23, and fifth-year senior Joey Cilinceon, 22. Both are studying fields related to energy and sustainability.
Cilinceon and Neale were Eco Reps in Buchanan Towers when they were freshmen at Western, Cilinceon said.
“We notice there [wasn’t similar energy programs] for off campus,” Neale said. “We wanted to have a program that reached out to these students who are now transitioning into their own homes, where they are actually paying energy bills.”
Assistant professor Thomas Webler of Western’s environmental studies department and junior Kate Thompson are also project coordinators.
Project RENT is a pilot program. The success of the project, over the course of this this fall, will determine whether it becomes a permanent program or not, Neale said.
The project’s goal is to get a minimum of 200 households involved by the end of the quarter, Neale said.
Nick Altberg, one of the project’s lead conservation educators, said they will discuss energy efficiency dependent on each individual’s household…