Location: Salem, OR
Area of Interest: Social Services
Project: Improving Energy and Water Efficiency to Reduce Facility Costs
Several measures were put into place to significantly improve energy and water efficiency, thereby reducing facility costs at its Chelsea’s Place location, in order to avoid eliminating much-needed services for children who are at-risk for abuse and neglect. Measures taken were: 1) replacing the old washer and dryer with a high-energy and high-capacity washer and dryer, 2) replacing three toilets with low-flow toilets; 3) replace significant areas of grass landscaping in the front of Chelsea’s Place with low-water use and low-maintenance plants; 4) install coverings on four FBB windows, in three offices, to improve energy efficiency during the winter and summer months; and 5) improve heating and cooling in the Outreach wing. Through these five simple measures, they should achieve a cost-savings of $4,830 during the first year after changes have been made. In addition to providing efficient services and increasing comfort, the savings will pay for eight months of non-USDA reimbursed lunches in the therapeutic Classrooms.