Heat and Power Partnership program presented an EPA CHP
Partner Certificate to Steve Swinson of TECO. Frankiewicz also
presented CHP Energy Star Awards to Michael McDonald, Kent
State University, and Eric Wachtman, Princeton University, for
their exceptional environmental stewardship and efficient energy
use through CHP systems.
Attendees packed the meeting rooms to hear a variety of panelists
from across the country address current campus utility issues.
IDEA was pleased to welcome Houston Mayor Bill White for an insightful
and inspirational keynote luncheon address and to receive the IDEA Public
Service Leadership Award for his vision to reshape Houston as a national
leader in energy efficiency. Mayor White was recently presented with the
prestigious Profile in Courage Award by the Kennedy Family Foundation
for his compassionate and competent leadership in handling the massive
relocation of people to Houston after Hurricane Katrina.
Many attendees commented positively on the collegial
spirit and open exchange of valuable information among participants. Once again, our valuable business partner exhibitors
were on hand to host refreshing networking sessions and offer
technical insights and product updates. (See exhibitor list at
IDEA thanks all sponsors, listed at www.districtenergy.
org/ 07CampusSponsors.htm, for their outstanding industry support and commitment. Conference attendees enjoyed the unique
exhibits at the Houston Health Museum during the theme dinner
sponsored by Carter & Burgess. The conference concluded with
technical tours of the Thermal Energy Corp.’s Central Plant, Rice
University Central Plant and the packaged chiller plant at Baylor
College of Medicine. IDEA is especially grateful to Steve Swinson
and Bruce Turner, TECO; Doug Wells and Doug Tomlinson, Rice
University; and Rock Morille, Baylor College of Medicine, for
opening their doors to welcome IDEA guests.
All images by Scott Wilson, Houston Event Photography.
James Kennedy of the U.S. Commercial Service (left), the export arm
of the U.S. Department of Commerce, presented the department’s
prestigious Export Achievement Award to Tom Pierson, chief executive
officer of TAS Packaged Central Plants. The honor recognized the company’s exceptional success in exporting its highly efficient packaged
central plants to the Middle East. Pierson accepted the award on behalf
of the talented, dedicated TAS employees and thanked Mayor White for
his support of energy efficiency.