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ERIC Number: ED540312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
California Institute of Technology: Caltech Energy Conservation Investment Program. Green Revolving Funds in Action: Case Study Series
Caine, Rebecca
Sustainable Endowments Institute (NJ1)
The Caltech Energy Conservation Investment Program (CECIP) was initiated in 2009. It manages $8 million within an existing fund in the school's endowment, which had been created to finance capital projects. Any member of the Caltech community may submit a project proposal, and projects are considered for approval as long as they have at least a 15 percent return on investment or a simple payback period of less than six years. Building energy use is carefully tracked, both before and after projects are implemented, allowing for determination of the precise cost savings resulting from CECIP. Savings accrue to the fund until the loan has been repaid, and then are directed toward the general operating budget. CECIP has financed 13 large-scale building projects, ranging from lighting replacements to complete mechanical and control system retrofits. As of August 2010, these projects have reduced the school's energy bills by $1.5 million. They have achieved an average return on investment of 33 percent and an average payback period of three years. (Contains 12 endnotes.) [Additional funding for this case study was provided by the David Rockefeller Fund, HOK, John Merck Fund, Merck Family Fund, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership and Wallace Global Fund.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sustainable Endowments Institute
Identifiers - Location: California