The HowardCenter threw a party for itself Friday.
The human services organization is celebrating a one-year effort to reduce energy usage. The initiative was funded with a $100,000 grant from IBM and supported by Vermont Technical College and local utilities. The project developed energy management strategies for the HowardCenter's 59 buildings. Overall savings exceeded 7 percent this year, shaving $23,000 off Howard's energy bills.
"You did it the right way. You relied on ideas generated by your staff, best practices and both large and small efficiency methods. You have to remember that a lot of small efforts add up to large ones. And you reduce your company's energy consumption be double-digit percentages," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.
The HowardCenter expects the program to continue to reduce its energy costs going forward.
The IBM division in Vermont was recognized by the national corporation for the program.