nation’s institutions of higher learning.
At IDEA’s 23rd Annual Campus Energy
Conference, hosted by the University of
Nevada, Reno, it was abundantly clear that
campus utility directors are not only being
asked to implement more sustainable
energy solutions to cut campus carbon
footprints, but to do so with shrinking
operating budgets and without readily
available capital to update existing assets.
While many IDEA member universi-
ties continue aggressive efforts at higher
efficiency, enhanced controls and tighter
operational performance, there are an
even larger number of institutions who
are not members of IDEA, not participat-
ing in our conferences and may not be
aware of the solutions undertaken suc-
cessfully by IDEA peers. In other words,
they don’t know what they don’t know.
There is huge pent-up demand to dra-
matically increase fuel efficiency across
the country, and we need to reach this
audience more effectively in the months
and years ahead.
Ultimately, the race is not
only to the swift, but also
to the persistent.
Ultimately, the race is not only to
the swift, but also to the persistent. IDEA
will never have the resources to compete
head to head with other industries, but
we do have many advantages that support
our policy mission. We owe it to each
other to continue our efforts to capture
appropriations and to garner meaningful
consideration in new climate regulations.
Global competition in clean energy is
definitely heating up, and we need to
understand and influence the coming
rules changes. If we want to be standing
on the medal podium any time soon, we
can’t show up for the next hockey game
holding only a curling broom.
Robert P. Thornton
To our readers,
With some sadness, I announce that this will be
the last issue of District Energy magazine under the
stewardship of our longtime Executive Editor Monica
Westerlund. For nearly 20 years – the past 12 as executive editor – Monica has made an indelible imprint
on the IDEA community through her deep commitment to technical and editorial integrity, her insightful attention to emerging issues and environmental
trends, and her unbridled enthusiasm for capturing
and communicating the quality work of the people
Ten years ago, IDEA magazine was often simply 40 pages
of black-and-white technical case studies. Today, our full-color
format District Energy magazine often exceeds 80 pages, provid-
ing consistent columns and engaging stories shared
around the globe in print and digital formats. While
I am saddened by the departure of such a talented
and experienced colleague, I greatly appreciate her
efforts in smoothly passing the editorial baton to
highly capable Peter Myers, who produced our new
industry video. She has been a tremendous resource
and friend since we met nearly 25 years ago.
Tailor IDEA’s video to meet your needs.
Check out IDEA’s district energy industry video at
http:/ tinyurl.com/IDEAvideo09. Then embed it on
your own site or even customize it with your content.
Contact Peter Myers at (651) 291-5449 or
email@example.com for information.