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Partnerships for Sustainability at Agnes Scott

More than once Agnes Scott has been called “the little engine that could” of sustainability. Since the college is small, sustainability success depends on partnerships. The full list of partnerships is too long to include here, so a few examples are summarized below. For more information on current partnerships or future partner opportunities, please contact Susan Kidd at 404-471-6080 or sakidd@agnesscott.edu.

City of Decatur 

Since the beginning of the sustainability program at Agnes Scott the city has been a strong partner. Two major accomplishments are the funding of a shared Sustainability Fellow, who is always a recent graduate that completes multiple projects for the city and the college, and use of the city’s weatherization incentives for the college’s upgrading of residential buildings near campus. Other joint projects have included: energy competitions, educational events, service days, sustainability plan drafting and implementation. In addition, a city staff member serves on the college’s Sustainability Steering Committee and an Agnes Scott staff member serves on a city planning committee.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Agnes Scott has received two Grants to Green awards from the Community Foundation providing the support for energy and water efficient systems to be installed in two buildings. Most recently Agnes Scott was selected for a campus-wide sustainability assessment. Once completed this assessment will help direct the college’s future energy and water efficiency projects and potentially provide significant funding for implementation.

Southface Energy Institute 

This non-profit organization has provided technical assistance to Agnes Scott in a number of ways, including conducting the assessments for the Grants to Green program described above. Southface and Oakridge Laboratory (US Department of Energy) partnered with Agnes Scott to undertake the first five weatherization projects for residences owned by the college. Southface and Oakridge assisted the college in selecting a contractor, specifying the scope of work for each building, and installing monitoring equipment from which they recorded data for 12 months.

Solar installations

In 2014 Agnes Scott installed the first solar array on campus which could not have been done without a multifaceted partnership. The team included Inman Solar as designers and installers, Georgia Power as the provider of a solar buy-back incentive and an investor who paid for the array and who will benefit from the tax credits for solar investment. The college has been selected to complete five more projects for the Georgia Power program in 2014-2015.

Emory University

With more many years of experience in sustainability, Emory has been a learning center for Agnes Scott. Their work has informed much of what the college does in sustainability.