What has SEDAC been up to in 2021? Read our highlights!
Energy Code Training
Our Energy Code Training Program had another record-breaking year, with nearly 2,400 individuals attending online workshops and webinars or taking online classes. 139 individuals received guidance through our technical support center. We also developing a Building Energy Education Fundamentals training program for community colleges, with funding from the Department of Energy. Read more.
Energy Efficiency Workforce Initiative
SEDAC worked with the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program and SEEL to deliver a pilot project in Peoria to grow and diversify the energy efficiency workforce. We helped over 40 individuals learn more about energy efficiency jobs, receive training, and connect to jobs. Read more.
Public Water Infrastructure Energy Efficiency
SEDAC completed energy assessments for 20 wastewater treatment plants, identifying opportunities to save $559,000 annually in energy costs. Implemented savings resulted in 1.1 M kWh and a cost savings of $145,000 annually. SEDAC offered energy assessments for water treatment plants as well. We delivered 5 webinars to nearly 500 participants, educating them about available resources and strategies to reduce energy and costs. Read more.
Energy Efficiency Services
SEDAC partnered with 360 Energy Group to provide lighting kits and HVAC services through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. We also provided energy assessments and RCx services to public sector facilities in the Ameren Illinois territory. Read more.
Net Zero Planning
SEDAC helped IGEN community colleges develop net zero plans, through collaborative meetings and technical assistance. We helped colleges conduct greenhouse gas emissions inventories and identify solutions to reduce emissions. We also provided net zero planning services for IDNR state parks and facilities. Read more.
Solar Feasibility Studies
In 2021, SEDAC continued to explore the feasibility of developing solar on state lands for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Read more.
Collecting and Expanding Environmental Data
SEDAC worked to streamline the process of collecting and tracking business environmental data, funded by the National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program. The project will modernize, automate, and expand data sharing through GreenBizTracker. Read more.
Education to Improve Indoor Air Quality
The SEDAC team delivered webinars and developed resources to help schools learn about building modifications to reduce virus transmission. Thanks to the financial support from the University of Illinois Extension. Read more.