At USM, Will’s task is to reduce energy use as a means to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. Likewise, if USM spends less on energy, then it can spend more on education, its primary mission.
Will encourages students, staff, and faculty to join in the effort. Are you aware of lighting that could be controlled with an occupancy sensor? Can we reduce the lighting energy in your office or classroom? (In my office, I turn off the 60 watt fluorescent ceiling fixture in favor of a 9 watt LED task lamp.) Is your area overheated? Share your ideas with us. A hundred small ideas make for a big difference.
Will is a professional mechanical engineer and a specialist in both demand and supply-side energy management. On the demand side, specific experience includes super market refrigeration, HVAC, and lighting with projects in office buildings, hospitals, and industrial settings. Multi-million dollar energy supply contracts and energy outsourcing agreements fill out the supply side of the picture. Will has some alternative energy experience with fuel cells, microturbines, and ground-source heat-pump systems (geothermal). He has consistently believed in, and found, far greater opportunities for energy conservation than was generally believed possible or practical. Much of his enthusiasm for energy work stems from his belief that a sustainable economy will necessarily use much less energy than today's unsustainable fossil-fuel based economy.