Trane Commercial North America Recipients

Trane Commercial North America Recipients

2018 Award Recipients

Science Museum of Minnesota - 2018

In January, Trane recognized Science Museum of Minnesota with the Energy Efficiency Leader award. The award recognizes the museum’s long-term commitment to providing a learning atmosphere with minimal impact on the environment.

As one of the most visited museums in the upper Midwest and a national leader in providing informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, the museum invested in a more sustainable solution after learning that building upgrades could save millions of dollars in energy costs by decreasing fossil fuels and high-energy sources coming from their building.

Through a collaboration with Trane, the project exceeded expectations surpassing 75 percent of hot water heat savings since installation and decreasing the amount of energy supply used in the community. The smart design practices and energy efficient systems implemented will save the museum more than $300,000 in operating costs year-over-year.

2017 Award Recipients

Grand Hyatt New York - 2017

In September, Trane recognized Grand Hyatt New York with the Energy Efficiency Leader Award. As one of New York City's iconic hotel properties and one of the first to support the NYC Carbon Challenge, Grand Hyatt New York made a commitment to sustainable practices with the help of NYSERDA and Con Edison.

University of Florida - 2017

The University of Florida was chosen as one of three 2017 award recipients due to its outstanding commitment to best practices in energy efficiency and sustainability. Trane believes that the University of Florida’s efforts exemplifies leadership in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship and recognizes their overall commitment in implementing their vision of sustainability.

2016 Award Recipients

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.

2015 Award Recipients

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.

2014 Award Recipients

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.

2013 Award Recipients

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.

2012 Award Recipients

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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