Trane Commercial North America Recipients


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Parkway Properties - 2016

Parkway Properties recently completed building upgrades which enable the 25-year-old One Orlando Centre to compete head-to-head with newer commercial buildings. The improvements reduced annual energy costs by 34 percent and annual potable water usage by more than 30 percent while increasing the building’s Energy Star rating by nearly 50 percent. Incorporating an energy management approach helps ensure that the building continues to perform optimally. Learn more about the company's commitment to environmental stewardship.

Belmont University - 2016

With enrollment more than doubling in 15 years, Belmont University, a Christian teaching university located in Nashville, Tennessee, grew from a 1.5-million-square-foot campus to a 50-building, 4-million-square-foot campus. Leaders undertook energy efficient and sustainable design and improvements that held energy cost increases to just 10 percent, despite a more than 70 percent increase in building square footage. Belmont University made improvements which include implementing an integrated campus-wide controls system to track energy use, proactively manage costs and drive better operational decisions. Learn more about the university's long-term commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Virginia Department of Forensic Science - 2015

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is completing upgrades to improve the air quality within its Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke and Manassas facilities, and help increase employee comfort and productivity while reducing the state’s environmental impact. DFS leaders expect that the improvements, when completed by year-end 2015, will reduce energy consumption by over 40 percent and save more than $1 million of taxpayer dollars in annual energy and operating costs. The project also supports Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s 2014 Virginia Energy Plan on reducing energy consumption in state buildings and his Executive Order 31 which directs state agencies to reduce their electricity consumption in state buildings by 15 percent by 2017. Learn more about the agency’s commitment to best practices in energy efficiency and sustainability.

Pacific Palms Resort – 2014

Pacific Palms Resort completed infrastructure upgrades to generate first-year savings of more than $540,000 in energy and operational costs, with nearly $343,000 in energy costs alone. Learn more about the California resort’s commitment to operational and energy efficiency.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles – 2014

The Virginia DMV updated its building’s aging infrastructure to increase the efficiency of lighting, water usage and temperature control. These upgrades reduced energy consumption by up to 36 percent while saving $284,000 annually. Learn more about the Virginia DMV’s efficient operations.

City of Vestavia Hills – 2014

Located in Alabama, the City of Vestavia Hills replaced outdated lighting with highly efficient illumination at the city’s pool, sports fields and tennis courts. These improvements decreased energy usage by nearly 50 percent and reduced maintenance costs by up to $5,000 per month. Read more about the city’s conversion to more sustainable infrastructure.

Liberty Property Trust – 2014

A full-service HVAC and building automation provider, Liberty Property Trust reduced its southeast Pennsylvania real estate portfolio’s energy usage by more than 15 percent since 2008. Additionally, 28 of the 43 buildings owned by Liberty have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification. Read more about Liberty’s commitment to energy efficiency.

St. Lucie County School District – 2014

Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, St. Lucie County School District completed infrastructure upgrades that cut energy costs by up to 40 percent, saving up to $5 million a year. Previously ranked 60 out of the 67 Florida school districts ranked for energy usage, St. Lucie County is now ranked 18th. Read more about the school district’s sustainable improvements.

Hardin Medical Center – 2014

A not-for-profit healthcare provider located in Savannah, Tennessee, Hardin Medical Center reduced its annual energy and operational costs by 30 percent with infrastructure improvements. The hospital also received an $11,500 rebate from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for reducing its load on the electrical grid. Read more about Hardin Medical Center’s efforts to provide a more comfortable environment for patients and staff while increasing operational efficiency.

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Dunklin R-V School District – 2013

Outside of St. Louis, Missouri, Dunklin R-V School District completed upgrades including modernizing its HVAC system to save $300,000 a year in future capital costs. Read more about the operationally efficient improvements to the district’s early childhood program buildings.

Ridgewood High School – 2013

In Chicago, Illinois, Ridgewood High School reduced energy costs by 18 percent with lighting and infrastructure upgrades, while also reducing noise levels from the nearby Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Read more about the steps Ridgewood High School is taking toward a greener future.

Racine Unified School District – 2013

Located in Racine, Wisconsin, Racine Unified School District updated outdated systems in its four middle schools and 11 elementary schools, saving $150,000 in annual utility expenses and operational costs. Read more about the school district’s sustainable initiatives.

COUNTRY Financial – 2013

COUNTRY Financial, which offers financial products and services to one million households across the country, completed system upgrades at its five-story office building in St. Paul, Minnesota as part of a company-wide plan to reduce energy costs. Read more about the company’s sustainable approach.

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) – 2013

A Georgia school district, SCCPSS aimed to transform its district facilities into high performance buildings. By upgrading the HVAC systems in 21 district buildings, lighting systems in 26 buildings, and building automation systems in 26 facilities, SCCPSS saved more than $1.2 million in annual utility and operational costs. Learn more about the school system’s transition to more efficient operations.

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Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School – 2012

The high school not only reduced its energy consumption by over 50 percent, but also used the savings resulting from the project to pay for the infrastructure upgrades. Learn more about “performance contracting” and how it supports energy efficiency.

Financial Statement Services, Inc. (FSSI) – 2012

FSSI completed energy conservation measures at its 168,000 square-foot corporate headquarters, saving $72,000 per year. Additionally, the company received a rebate from Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, for nearly $53,000. Learn more about FSSI’s building upgrades that significantly reduced its energy consumption.

Clayton County – 2012

A community just south of Atlanta, Clayton County saved $820,000 in energy costs within the first year of completing building upgrades in seven county facilities. Upgrades included replacing or redesigning HVAC systems to increase temperature control, reducing energy consumption and decreasing operating costs. Learn more about Clayton County’s highly efficient improvements.

Three Rivers Community Schools – 2012

A Michigan school district, Three Rivers Community Schools cut energy costs by more than 30 percent with infrastructure upgrades. Improvements included the installation of high-efficiency lighting and optimization of HVAC control systems, which significantly lowered its energy consumption. See more about Three Rivers Community Schools’ commitment to energy and operational sustainability.

Rock Creek Unified School District – 2012

Located in Kansas, Rock Creek Unified School District saved nearly $154,000 a year after completing energy efficiency improvements, including lighting, HVAC, insulation and water conservation upgrades. Learn how the district enhanced its learning environments while increasing operational efficiency.

Central Montcalm School District –2012

Located in Stanton, Michigan, Central Montcalm School District reduced its overall energy costs by 20 percent—or $68,000 annually—through high efficiency upgrades in four of its buildings. Improvements included lighting retrofits, a roof-mounted wind turbine and solar panels, and the replacement of a 45-year-old boiler with two energy-efficient condensing boilers. Watch to learn more about the district’s steps to become environmentally sustainable.

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Central Piedmont Community College – 2011

Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina completed infrastructure upgrades in 30 buildings across its six campuses that resulted in nearly $800,000 in savings. Improvements included replacing data servers with high-efficiency servers to reduce operational costs, as well as retrofitting existing water fixtures to increase water conservation. Learn more about the higher education institution’s commitment to energy efficiency.

Haltom High School – 2011

Part of Birdville Independent School District, Haltom High School replaced two chillers that had been serving the high school for nearly two decades. The school saw a 20 percent decrease in the building’s overall energy use thanks to a 40 percent reduction in HVAC energy use. Learn more about the school’s strategies for reducing energy consumption.

American Medical Systems (AMS) – 2011

American Medical Systems implemented a high-efficiency temperature-control solution for its manufacturing facility in Minneapolis, reducing annual energy costs by 20 percent. AMS also piloted a program called Lifeworks, which achieves sustainability by transforming its office environment into a dynamic multi-use space, resulting in efficient use of natural resources. Read more about AMS’ commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.

Oxford Unified School District – 2011

Leaders at Oxford Unified School District in Oxford, Kansas have taken a “boiler room to classroom” approach to green building. Infrastructure improvements saved more than $90,000 a year in operations and maintenance costs, increased building comfort and reduced high energy consumption. The school district also incorporated an energy efficiency curriculum in the classroom. Learn more about the district’s innovative sustainability initiative.

Kum & Go – 2011

Kum & Go is the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the country. When building five new store locations, the construction team aimed to meet requirements to achieve LEED certification. Leaders selected efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions, which consume 20 percent less energy than a traditional convenience store. Learn more about the Kum & Go’s efficient operations.

University of Central Missouri – 2011

The significant deferred maintenance backlog faced by U.S. colleges and universities equals more than $36 billion. University of Central Missouri resolved its deferred maintenance issues by completing energy saving infrastructure upgrades. These changes, which included the installation of a geothermal heat pump system and new building automation systems, resolved $20.1 million in deferred maintenance for the university and saved $735,000 in annual energy costs. Learn more about UCM’s investment in the long-term sustainability of its campus.

Westfield Culver City – 2011

The shopping mall in Culver City, California saved $207,000 in annual energy costs by converting to an energy-saving chilled water system and updating an outdated HVAC system, among other improvements. Westfield Culver City mall is now able to shift energy from renewable sources and store it for use during peak demand periods. Learn more about Westfield’s efforts to create a more energy efficient environment.

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The LOTT (Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County) Alliance – 2010

The LOTT Alliance installed a new cogeneration system at the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant to substantially reduce the amount of energy needed for treatment processes by using treatment by-products as fuel. The renewable energy system saved more than $228,000 per year in utility costs. Learn more about the LOTT Alliance’s commitment to operational efficiency.

Macalester College – 2010

Macalester College recognizes the importance of combatting climate change and reducing energy consumption. The St. Paul, Minnesota campus aims to achieve zero waste by 2020; achieve carbon neutrality by 2025; integrate sustainability into curriculum and student programs; and adopt a "green building" policy to reduce emissions in construction and operations. Learn more about Macalester’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.

Mesa County Valley School District – 2010

Buildings in Mesa County Valley School District had an average age of 38-years-old when administrators decided to update the outdated and inefficient infrastructure systems. Improvements saved the district more than $617,000 in annual energy costs and significantly reduced CO2 emissions. Learn more about the district’s energy-saving measures.

Southeast of Saline Unified School District – 2010

The school district reduced its energy consumption by 21 percent and saved more than $80,000 a year in energy and operational costs. School district leaders launched a plan to create high-performance buildings after students in a Leadership 101 class convinced the school board and administrators that building retrofits were financially and environmentally sound. Learn more about the district’s student-led infrastructure improvements that enhanced operational efficiency.

Sprouts Farmers Market – 2010

Located in Culver City, California, Sprouts Famers Market implemented company sustainability objectives that its high-performance heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) solutions help the company meet. With these solutions, Sprouts aimed to use 50 percent less refrigerant than the industry average. Sustainable HVAC&R solutions allowed the retailer to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill “gold” certification. Read more about Sprouts’ energy efficient operations.

TIAA CREF – 2010

One of the largest institutional real estate investors in the United States, TIAA CREF completed energy efficiency initiatives at its midtown Manhattan headquarters to save $765,000 annually in energy and operating costs. Improvements included a rooftop thermal storage solution and a chilled water system for ice production during off-peak hours. Learn more about TIAA CREF’s outstanding energy management strategies.

Tonganoxie Unified School District – 2010

The school district not only embarked on major energy and infrastructure improvement efforts, but also incorporated the building upgrade projects into an energy efficiency curriculum. The completed renovations saved $217,000 a year in operations, maintenance and utilities costs. Learn more about how Tonganoxie schools embrace environmental responsibility.

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Center Grove Middle School – 2009

Center Grove Middle School achieved significant energy and operational savings by updating its aged boiler and chiller systems and installing high-efficiency lighting. These upgrades were estimated to save 229 metric tons of CO2 annually over the next 10 years — the equivalent to recycling 79 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill. Learn more about the school’s commitment to operational efficiency.

Eminence Community School Corp. – 2009

Portions of the Eminence Community School Corp. building dated back to 1931, and nearly 80 years later its leaders decided the time had come to update the outdated infrastructure. Improvements included the installation of high-efficiency HVAC systems, which saved the school $30,000 in energy costs. Learn more about the Indiana school’s environmentally responsible efforts.

Hood County – 2009

Hood County, Texas officials completed upgrades to eight county buildings to increase energy efficiency and meet state energy standards. Renovations included new HVAC and building automation systems, resulting in nearly $101,000 in savings in the project’s first year. Learn more about Hood County’s energy efficient solutions.

The City of Lakeland – 2009

Located in Florida, the city of Lakeland completed infrastructure improvements to make the Lakeland Electric administration building more efficient and environmentally responsible. The project generated $90,000 in savings in the first year and moved Lakeland Electric and the City of Lakeland closer toward their goal of earning the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED) certification for Existing Buildings (EB). Read more about the city’s sustainable initiatives.

Lakota Local School District – 2009

In Liberty Township, Ohio, Lakota Local School District completed infrastructure upgrades to save more than $257,000 in annual energy and operating costs. Upgrades included CO2-based demand control ventilation and dynamic air cleaners, which decreased energy consumption and improved air quality. Learn more about the school district’s energy saving methods.

Mason City School District – 2009

The school district completed an expansion that utilized high-efficiency infrastructure systems, including an ice storage system that saved the district more than $55,000 in annual energy costs. Learn more about how implementing efficient operations can improve a school environment and conserve resources.

Oklahoma City Community College – 2009

The community college adopted high-efficiency infrastructure systems to decrease the school’s energy use per square foot by nearly 35 percent. Upgrades to its chilled water plant, which serves the entire campus, maximized efficiency and effectiveness. Read more about Oklahoma City Community College’s steps toward a smaller carbon footprint.

One City Center – 2009

An iconic building of the Portland legal and financial district in Maine, One City Center reduced operating and energy costs by 17 percent a year and gained cost savings of 50 percent. Energy conservation measures included the installation of dual-circuited refrigeration cooling units and the use of a more environmentally responsible refrigerant. Read more about the 13-story office building’s energy efficient improvements.

Osage County – 2009

The county provided infrastructure upgrades to its historic courthouse, as well as to county health, road and bridge, and sheriff facilities. Osage county gained $23,000 in annual utility, operations and maintenance savings from the improvements, which included a solar reflective roof and customized insulation. Learn more about the county’s efforts toward building a sustainable community.

Oxford Hotel – 2009

Denver’s first hotel, Oxford Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Following renovations, the 80-room hotel needed improvements to replace aging equipment and maintain temperature and humidity. The installation of two highly efficient chillers and a new HVAC system decreased average monthly utility costs by 47 percent. Learn more about the historic site’s energy efficient conservation efforts.

Peachtree City – 2009

Located in Georgia, Peachtree City replaced its aging infrastructure and reduced energy consumption throughout multiple city buildings, including City Hall. The project, which included installation of high efficiency lighting and water savings fixtures, saved the city $120,000 in utility costs and eliminated 812 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Read more about the city’s sustainable initiatives.

Point Park University – 2009

The university’s new dance building was one of the first complexes of its kind in the nation to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC) Gold certification, one of the highest levels of distinction in the U.S. Green Building Council’s building performance program. Learn about the high efficiency infrastructure of the university’s dance building and the school’s overall commitment to energy efficiency.

Solae LLC – 2009

A leader in developing soy-based technology and ingredients, Solae LLC increased system reliability at an Indiana manufacturing plant while reducing energy costs and product spoilage. The project generated over $230,000 in annual energy and operational savings while maintaining stable humidity and temperature control systems. Learn more about Solae’s energy efficient operations.

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Bethel Middle School – 2008

While under construction, Bethel Middle School worked with the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Bryant, Arkansas to become a LEED-certified green building upon completion. Built using the latest in HVAC, building automation, window and lighting systems technology, the school district will save $11.3 million in energy and operating costs over 50 years. Learn more about the sustainable strategies used to design Bethel Middle School.

Catawba Hospital – 2008

A state-run psychiatric hospital in the Catawba Valley of Virginia, Catawba Hospital reduced power usage and decreased maintenance costs with the installation of a new energy efficient HVAC system. Additionally, the upgraded system complied with government mandates that required state institutions to reduce energy costs and instill performance contracting practices that help pay for building upgrades over time. Learn more about the hospital’s energy conservation efforts.

Daniel Boone Area School District – 2008

Daniel Boone Area School District completed renovations to become one of Pennsylvania’s leading energy efficient school districts. Environmentally sound design techniques were integrated throughout school buildings, including the addition of advanced building control systems, HVAC systems, and lighting infrastructure. Learn more about the high school and middle school’s energy efficient upgrades.

El Paso Community College – 2008

The fastest-growing community college in Texas, El Paso Community College completed extensive building upgrades across its four campuses to save more than $250,000 in annual operating costs. The Valle Verde campus converted its plant to full ice storage, allowing the campus to be completely cooled by ice storage during peak demand, saving an additional 25 percent in utility costs. Learn more about the energy efficient renovations at El Paso Community College.

Hometown Health Network – 2008

Located in Georgia, Hometown Health Network includes Evans Memorial Hospital and Glenview Nursing Home. Both facilities upgraded their plumbing, lighting and temperature control infrastructures to increase operational efficiency and sustainability. Renovations resulted in energy savings equivalent to eliminating 725 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Read more about the health facilities’ energy saving measures.

Executive Centre – 2008

A 521,000-square-foot office building in Cincinnati, Executive Centre reduced energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in its three buildings, which resulted in $40,000 savings annually. The building also received ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more about the Executive Centre’s energy efficient renovations.

Ferris Independent School District – 2008

The school district completed renovations to its buildings’ HVAC systems and lighting infrastructures to achieve 46 percent and 60 percent energy efficiency increases, respectively. The high-efficiency systems helped the Texas school district comply with the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, designed to decrease electric consumption and improve air quality. Learn more about Ferris Independent School District’s achievements in energy and operational efficiency.

University of Memphis – 2008

The university conducted extensive renovations to its campus climate control system to dramatically reduce energy usage on its main campus. This project was part of a campus-wide “green initiative”, and in six months, the university saved more than 5 million kilowatts – enough to power 450 homes for an entire summer. Learn more about the university’s energy efficient upgrades and larger commitment to sustainability.

Vineland School District – 2008

The school district installed high efficiency heating and cooling systems and controls at its schools, including geothermal and renewable energy technologies, to reduce energy consumption. The district was recognized for its energy efficient operations at the 13th Annual New Jersey School Building and Grounds Association Conference and Expo in Atlantic City. Read more about the school district’s sustainable improvements.

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