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Energy Savings Project Fund

To help Villanova reach its carbon neutral goal, the Energy Savings Project Fund was set up to support energy efficiency projects on campus that are not traditionally budgeted. The money for this account comes from the savings of previously funded projects, as well as the payback we get from the Demand Response program. Traditionally, this fund has been used for funding lighting retrofits and HVAC upgrades, such as variable frequency drives (VFD) and exhaust systems. Since 2012, Villanova has saved over $220,000 in electricity costs due to energy efficiency projects. Examples of recent projects include:

  • New efficent lighting in the Career Center, Law School garage, and Donahue dining hall
  • Varriable Frequency Drives in Mendal Hall, St. Thomas Church, West campus and St. Augustine Center for the Liberal Arts
  • Stadium lighting controls for easy scheduling and managing of the lights

If you have an idea for an energy saving project on campus contact Liesel @


Villanova University, as a community of learned and learning scholars, respecting the sacredness of all creation, accepts its responsibility to the integrity of Earth and its biodiversity, to the heritage of future generations, and to the security of nations. By utilizing the Augustinian values of Unitas, Veritas, and Caritas, meaning love thy neighbor, promote community unity, and live life in moderation through our curriculum, work environment, and operations, Villanova’s approach to sustainability exemplifies an emphasis on social justice and community service.

For questions regarding campus sustainability email Liesel Schwarz