The grant, one of eleven awarded by IBM to projects around the world but one of only two in the United States, are being given in recognition of the company’s 100th anniversary. According to IBM, “the Centennial Grants are both monetary and in-kind awards up to $100,000 each and fund innovative projects in areas such as healthcare, energy, and food safety, helping to build a smarter planet.”
For the last decade, the IBM Vermont manufacturing facility has used its Smart Energy Management Program and its own smart grid to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent. At the same time, manufacturing capability was increased. IBM is collaborating with the VSC system, and the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC), to apply its energy management program to improve energy efficiency at the VTC and the HowardCenter.
VTC President Dr. Philip Conroy says, “We are extremely pleased and excited to be partnering with IBM on this outstanding energy savings program. Vermont Tech has a longstanding commitment to providing the type of sustainable practice education and training that IBM has developed here in Vermont, and our VMEC team is ideally positioned to provide the organizational leadership we’ll need to be successful.”
In 2009, Vermont launched an initiative to become the first smart grid state and IBM believes the techniques learned and applied through the collaboration can help increase energy saving opportunities when Vermont completes its smart grid.
Janette Bombardier, senior location executive for IBM in Vermont adds: “This IBM Centennial Grant is the result of the strong partnership among all the parties that will enable us to drive energy savings for the HowardCenter and VTC, and also will provide economic and environmental benefits to other organizations throughout Vermont. We value the opportunity to develop a sustainable energy management blueprint that will help the state take advantage of the benefits of the smart grid.”
For more information about IBM’s Centennial, visit http://www.ibm100.com.