Curtis Institute launches three-year energy-efficiency initiative

Posted on: January 13, 2021

“The Curtis Institute of Music announced in December 2020 that it would be starting a three-year project to increase the energy efficiency of its facilities in Philadelphia,” writes Annie Quereshi in Sunday’s (1/10) Blue & Green Tomorrow, which focuses on sustainability and green energy. “Larry Bomback, Senior Vice President of Administration at Curtis, stated … that the project would include dramatic improvements to the energy performance at the Curtis Institute of Music’s buildings on Locust Street, resulting in a reduction in its carbon footprint and operating costs. The project is the result of an agreement between Curtis and The Efficiency Network (TEN), which … will use local contractors for the project…. The project uses a guaranteed model [that] will help ensure that the savings in energy bills will cover the project’s upfront costs…. The initial investment of the project will be $650,000, which will provide new controls for building and lighting systems in all Curtis buildings. The annual savings will be slightly over $35,000, resulting in a 13 percent cut in energy costs for Curtis…. Curtis has taken a very impressive step towards a greener operating model.”