“I’m excited about having a real home for the Center so that our faculty, staff, students, and the public have a place to work together on projects with a sustainable focus,’ said Pat Menchini, Interim President and co-Chair of the campaign committee. ‘The Center has initiated many projects and developed a number of ‘green’ job trainings since its inception in 2007, and now needs a real center for its ongoing operations.’ Vermont Technical College,Vermont Technical College today announced the beginning of a public campaign to raise $250,000 to rehabilitate the historic Allen House situated at the entrance to its Randolph Center campus. The college has already raised $550,000 of the $800,000 needed to complete the project and will ‘break ground’ once the remainder is secured.The renovated building will house the college’s Center for Sustainable Practices, an organization dedicated to applying emerging green and sustainable technologies and practices in the areas of energy, buildings, agriculture, and land use. ‘This project shows how we can ‘walk the walk’ by improving energy efficiency while conserving embodied energy’ said Donna Barlow Casey, Director of the Center. This money raised during the public campaign will be used to rehabilitate the structure to achieve LEED certification while adhering to the guidelines established by the Department of the Interior for rehabilitation of historic structures. The Center will document the entire rehabilitation process as an educational tool for the benefit of others in Vermont and New England who are interested in making similar structures energy efficient while preserving their historic fabric.‘The campaign will compliment other sustainable and renewable efforts initiated at the college by the Center’, said Wendy Forbes, co-Chair of the fundraising effort. Other such initiatives include installing a biomass pellet boiler for heating the college’s Red School House; a solar tracking photovoltaic installation behind the Allen House to produce renewable electricity; a ground source heat pump to heat and cool the rehabilitated Allen House; and a proposed anaerobic digester powered by food scraps and cow manure to produce electricity and heat for the campus.The Center plans to install as many different renewable resource technologies on campus as possible to help students, faculty, staff, and all interested parties understand their operations, uses and benefits.Source: Vermont Technical College. 9.7.2010. To learn how you can help, or to find out more about this project and other CSP projects, visit www.csp.vtc.edu(link is external).