Colleges & Universities

Fulfilling the Mission to Promote Learning

America’s colleges and universities continue to lead the world in innovation, attracting high-achieving students from around the globe. But maintaining this leadership position is increasingly challenging. Traditional revenue streams, including state and federal funding, research revenue, philanthropy and endowments, are under increasing pressure. For many institutions, tuition increases are an unavoidable last resort. New technologies and scientific breakthroughs promise to revolutionize the way students learn and grow, putting additional pressure on educational institutions to find the resources to keep up.

For many colleges and universities, energy costs represent the second highest expense area, after personnel. The Cenergistic program represents a significant opportunity to fund new programs and avoid increased tuition levels through reduced energy consumption.

Cenergistic is a recognized leader in working with colleges and universities to reduce their energy costs. Our clients include community colleges, prestigious liberal arts institutions and very large state university systems. One of our clients, Oklahoma State University, has realized more than $35 million in energy savings since launching its Cenergistic program in 2007. The largest community college in Mississippi, Hinds Community College, won the Innovation Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers for its comprehensive Cenergistic energy conservation program, reducing expected energy costs by 27%.

Success Stories

Mississippi - Hinds Community College - Energy Specialist 1

Hinds Community College
Raymond, MS

Hinds Community College won the 2011 Innovation Award NACUBO (National Association of College and University Business Officers) — the only community college to receive an Innovation Award that year and the only higher education institution to receive an award for an energy program.

Ms. Mindy Stevens
Energy Specialist

Mindy Stevens serves as Energy Specialist for Hinds Community College. She has been on Hinds Community College’s staff for 15 years, serving in other positions including Textbook Manager.


2009 10,700 2,935,691 32% 100 40.62

Mississippi - Jones County Junior College

Jones County Junior College
Ellisville, MS

Jones County Junior College began serving students in 1927 and, despite its name, serves eight counties in southeastern Mississippi. JCJC awards Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees and Vocational Certificates. The college has 360 acres including education and support buildings, playing fields and the president’s home.

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2010 4,821 1,126,944 31% 85 39.76

Virginia - Washington and Lee University - Energy Specialist

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA

The historic campus of Washington and Lee University serves more than 1,500 students in 65+ buildings. Two Energy Specialists are helping Washington & Lee reduce its utility consumption and carbon footprint through the Cenergistic program.

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Mr. Morris Trimmer
Energy Specialist

Mr. Morris Trimmer came to Washington & Lee in 1993 and was promoted to systems engineer in 2008. Prior to joining W&L, Trimmer was co-owner and artist-blacksmith with Woods Creek Forge in Lexington. Trimmer earned his Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Earlham College. He has served as a member and chair of the Washington and Lee Environmental Planning and Management Committee. He is an election official in Lexington. He belonged to the Woods Creek Restoration Committee from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Trimmer converted his diesel car to run on used vegetable oil.

2011 2,155 1,865,130 18% 68 104.08

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