Chesapeake College

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Challenge Commitment
373Thousand Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity Goal Achieved

Chesapeake College, founded in 1965 as Maryland’s first regional community college, was developed to serve the needs of the upper and middle Eastern Shore of Maryland. Fifty years after its founding, the College continues to respond to the growing needs of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties.  The college is a catalyst for regional economic development and sustainability, as well as a center for personal enrichment and the arts.

In January, 2010, Chesapeake College began a comprehensive energy efficiency education program. Since then, behavioral changes, equipment upgrades, and new building and system operations scheduling have resulted in a substantial reduction of energy use throughout campus. The College continues to make improvements in building and system energy efficiency through LED lighting conversions, low flow water fixtures, and use of geothermal HVAC systems across 46% of buildings on the Wye Mills Campus. A 50 kW wind turbine supplies on-campus power, and plans for a 2 MW solar photovoltaic farm will offset the College’s grid supplied power by 40%. The college is also committed to achieving carbon neutrality in campus operations by 2025.