Anna Maria College announces that the Wood Pellet Storage Silo that is part of its new thermal heating system is being installed on January 23 and 24, 2012 on its Paxton campus.  Continuing in its commitment to protect the environment and vying to become the first college in Massachusetts to provide heat for its students exclusively with wood pellets, AMC has partnered with International WoodFuels to install and operate a state-of-the-art wood pellet central heating system on campus.  The introduction of WoodFuels’ new Green Energy System, which is one of the first metered pellet boilers in the United States, will reduce the school’s carbon emissions by more than 900 tons annually, as well as displace nearly 85,000 gallons of #2 heating fuel that the college burns each year.  These reductions will help AMC fulfill its obligation to the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, which the College signed onto in 2007.

WoodFuels, based in Portland, Maine, owns and operates pellet production facilities, and manufactures pellets dedicated to its thermal heating customers, guaranteeing supply.  The company stood out to AMC due to its distinctive metered heating program, which guarantees the College savings over using conventional #2 heating fuel and does not require up-front capital for equipment. WoodFuels is currently installing the storage silo, and then will operate, monitor, and maintain the system, all at no cost to the college.  AMC entered into an Energy Services Agreement with the company, which requires the college to use the system as its primary heating source for the life of the 10 year contract.


 About AMC’s Climate Initiative

AMC has made significant strides over the last several years to increase campus sustainability and decrease the school’s impact on the local environment, despite the recent economic recession. These efforts have been led by President Calareso and a number of campus-wide groups.  As part of this initiative, AMC formed the President’s Advisory Council on Environmental Sustainability (PACES), which is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  PACES has studied and recommended a wide array of green programs that the school has utilized successfully. With the help and careful consideration of the College’s Board of Director’s, Director of Buildings and Grounds, and PACES, President Calareso made the determination that the WoodFuels thermal heating system was not only the best option to replace an aging fossil fuels system, but that “it was the right thing to do.”

In addition to the WoodFuels installation, AMC has implemented campus wide initiatives that include single stream recycling, exchanging conventional light bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting (CFL’s), only purchasing Energy Star approved appliances, installing solar powered score boards and timers at outdoor athletic facilities, and many other energy-saving practices.  These efforts are being praised by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), which has been promoting the use of alternative energy resources and the vast opportunities which the Commonwealth’s timber supply offers to both biomass producers and customers.