MIDDLETOWN — Wesleyan University was recognized by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership as a ‘Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency’ at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit in Stamford last week.

Wesleyan was honored for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in its operations, which have resulted in annual energy savings of over 59,936 ccf, and cost savings of $154,153, according to a press release.

The university was nominated by Yankee Gas and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund.

The Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency recognition program highlights the accomplishments of organizations that are participating in energy efficiency programs across the region.  Wesleyan University was selected for recognition based on their successes in  achieving energy savings through investment in cost efficient measures, addressing comprehensive changes in major energy systems such as lighting, HVAC, buildings, office equipment and industrial processes, among other measures.

In 2011, Wesleyan completed a comprehensive project through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund’s Energy Options program that included eight different gas efficiency measures.

Through the program,  Yankee Gas energy experts worked with the university to reduce their energy consumption by replacing still-functioning equipment with more energy-efficient options. Specific measures included air leakage mitigation, additional attic insulation, low-flow plumbing fixtures, insulation of steam valves and fittings, energy management system upgrades, a laundry ozone system, additional cogeneration plant heat recovery and a number of energy optimization improvements in a campus convenience store.

“Through our work with Yankee Gas and our participation in the Energy Efficiency Fund’s Energy Options program, Wesleyan has demonstrated our commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, per the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment,” said Peter Stay, director of Energy Management.  “We are honored be recognized by NEEP for our efforts and we will continue to work towards energy efficiency and overall sustainability on campus.”

Wesleyan University was recognized along with 13 other Northeast Energy Efficiency Business Leaders at the 2012 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit.

Details about the Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Program can be found here: http://neep.org/neep-summit/Business-Recognition