Institute for Sustainable Energy

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The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University was established in 2001 to identify, develop, and implement the means for achieving a sustainable energy future. The Institute focuses on matters relating to energy education, energy policy, efficiency conservation and load management, renewable energy, distributed generation, protection of environmental resources, and the dissemination of useful information on energy alternatives and sustainability to users and providers of energy. The Institute adds an unbiased focus on practical applications and dissemination of information about how to improve the energy profile and sustainability of Connecticut and the region.

The Institute is funded and supported by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund through the Energy Conservation Management Board and the Department of Public Utility Control. The Institute also receives grants, conference sponsorships, donations, contracts, and payments for services from organizations, including the US EPA, US DOE, CT Office of Policy and Management, CT Department of Environmental Protection, the CT Clean Energy Fund, and the CT Green Building Council.[1] The current director of the Institute is William Leahy.

As of January 1, 2009, the Connecticut State Building Code shall require that any (1) building, except a residential building with no more than four units, constructed after January 1, 2009, that is projected to cost not less than five million dollars, and (2) renovation to any building, except a residential building with no more than four units, started after January 1, 2010, that is projected to cost not less than two million dollars must receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating or higher. The Institute for Sustainable Energy will be the sole entity responsible for providing exemptions to this new CT Building Code requirement.[2]

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