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Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Celebrates New Year with Energy Efficiency Program from Johnson Controls
January 06, 2011
In an effort to promote environmental stewardship and continued operational efficiency, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) today announces a comprehensive energy efficiency program for Alabama State Parks. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) has begun a series of energy and facility improvements at six parks throughout the state. ADCNR officials and project managers kicked off the program this morning with a groundbreaking ceremony at Oak Mountain State Park.
The ADCNR’s Alabama State Parks division manages multiple resorts, hotels, cabins and cottages where park goers enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, fishing and many more. The comprehensive energy program will focus on building environmental improvements including insulation, lighting and water conservation measures, and is anticipated to save ADCNR more than $9.1 million over 15 years.
“As we all make resolutions for the New Year, we continue our commitment to protecting our natural resources by maximizing energy efficiency throughout our state parks,” said M. Barnett Lawley, commissioner, ADCNR. “Today we celebrate a series of facility improvements that will reduce our energy usage and carbon footprint for years to come.”
The project is delivered through an energy savings performance contract with Johnson Controls. The performance contract offsets the cost of the project with the energy savings that would have normally paid for monthly utility expenses.
“We are proud to work with Commissioner Lawley and his team to deliver a solution that optimizes energy and operational efficiencies while creating an enhanced experience for all to enjoy,” said Christopher Markert, regional vice president and general manager, Energy Solutions, Johnson Controls. “The projected annual carbon emissions saved are equivalent to the impact of more than 430 passenger vehicles or the energy use of 310 homes.”
Project improvements include lighting system upgrades, building insulation and controls, the weatherization of building seals, toilet and plumbing upgrades, and telecommunications enhancements.
In addition to Oak Mountain, efficiency improvements will be made at Joe Wheeler, Lake Guntersville, DeSoto, Cheaha and Lakepoint State Parks. The project is expected to be complete by September 2011.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.