As far as I can tell, there’s no fund earmarked for financial support of building retrofits to cut energy consumption at the University Park campus (or any other campus).
I’d like to set one up:
- The fund would only accept contributions of $5,000 or less per year, and only from alumni and friends of Penn State who were born between 1965 and 1986.
- Fund expenditures would be restricted to insulation, weather-stripping, and window replacement purchase and installation costs incurred by the Office of Physical Plant.
- Commemorative plaques would be printed only on recycled paper and hung in reused picture frames, stating only: “This building retrofitted for energy conservation through the generosity of contributors to the Generation X Penn Staters Energy Conservation Fund, who wish to remain anonymous.”
If Boomers and Millennials want to set up matching funds, fine. Let ’em.
I’ll contact David J. Lieb, Associate Vice President for Development by email today to find out more about how to set up restricted funds, and also Rob Cooper at Office of Physical Plant to request a prioritized list of buildings in need of retrofits, along with detailed cost estimates.
-Katherine Watt, Class of 1996