Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Temple grad wins statewide energy case study contest

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Philadelphia (January 5, 2010) Sveta McShane, a 2009 graduate of Temple University entered her energy case study in a statewide contest sponsored by PowerMinders and Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture) and won $500 for her efforts.
College students from across Pennsylvania submitted case studies on their environmental work, and Ms. McShane's case study - focusing on the town of Narberth and demonstrating where energy use could be reduced - was the panel's favorite. "It wasn't all me", said Ms. McShane, "I was lucky to have open access to Narberth's energy records since 1997, and accurate information on household numbers, municipal cars, trucks, usage, etc."
Ms. McShane was also able to tap the expertise of the Environmental Studies faculty at Temple University and Narberth Green's founder Avi Fox.
"I am sure many towns use energy the way Narberth does, and they can learn from the report, as well", said Ms. McShane. Her report showed that Narberth's street lights were a major cost factor, and the borough is now looking at replacing all street lights with new, energy efficient LED lighting, while also time improving safety.
Borough Manager Bill Martin praised the case study. "This report shed tremendous light on where our largest uses were occurring, and it allowed us to apply for state funding to become more energy efficient and replace our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning) equipment. The report was shared with our residents, and helped us all realize that simple and inexpensive self-installed measures along with behavior changes are not large inconveniences and can save us all about 30 percent in our energy costs and carbon output".
Christine Knapp, director of outreach for PennFuture, praised Ms. McShane's entry, saying "Her case study is clear proof that every environmental victory grows the economy. Narberth is now saving money during these hard financial times by using energy more wisely, setting an example for other townships. Congratulations to Ms. McShane for showing the way."
Sveta McShane hopes to use her experience, knowledge and concerns for our environment in her developing career. Her full report is available online at
PowerMinders is a growing national network of college students doing positive things to save homeowners and business on their energy bills and reducing pollution. These students engage in various activities that provide valuable experiences to successfully pursue careers in the growing green economy.
PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization, founded in 1998. PennFuture's activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state and federal courts, advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level, public education and assisting citizens in public advocacy.
Working from the premise that "Every environmental victory grows the economy," PennFuture has successfully advocated for landmark environmental legislation, including passage of the largest-ever environmental funding bond, public investment in green energy and energy savings programs, passage of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act, adoption of the Clean Vehicles Program and adoption of a regulation that protects Pennsylvania’s babies by restricting mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. PennFuture has staff throughout the state, in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, West Chester, Doylestown and Wilkes-Barre. The Philadelphia Inquirer called PennFuture the "state’s leading environmental advocacy organization."


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