Paradise Valley Community College

At a Glance


College or University

Project Types

Commercial Energy Efficiency, Clean and Renewable Energy




Tempe, AZ


Ashley Brasovan suggested lighting retrofits and general power management practices to help PVCC meet its carbon neutrality goals.


Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) asked Ashley Brasovan to assist in meeting its carbon neutrality goals in Phoenix, AZ. This initiative is in alignment with the American College & Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment and represents the second consecutive year Maricopa County Community College District has hosted an EDF Climate Corps fellow.


After conducting an energy audit on the main campus, Brasovan identified and recommended a variety of energy efficiency projects such as retrofitting the exterior campus lighting to LEDs, converting the interior lighting to a lower wattage T8 bulb, adjusting thermostat set points and transitioning to better computer power management practices. Brasovan also helped to identify projects including the transition to a demand response plan, which would further reduce utility bills and energy consumption during peak events. Furthermore, individual metering of campus buildings was recommended in order to verify savings from energy efficiency and sustainability projects, monitor and breakdown energy usage on campus by building and increase overall awareness and accountability on campus.

Potential Impact

If implemented, the projects could save the college approximately $111,000 to $210,000 in annual operating costs, as well as up to 2.9 million kilowatt hours and up to 1,600 metric tons of carbon emissions each year.

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