• Marketing and Communications

VIABILITY makes strides to go green

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

We recently partnered with New England’s largest energy provider, Eversource Energy to reduce output and costs. To date, Eversource has replaced nearly $30,000 in lighting and fixtures at two of our buildings, with no cost to VIABILITY. Additionally, the company also installed drive-paks in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC, unit on the roof of our Brookdale Drive location in Springfield, Massachusetts. Drive-paks allow the component to run at lower revolutions per minute to save energy.

The newly installed light fixtures at Lighthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts.

“Eversource continues to support VIABILITY by helping reduce our energy cost at all of our properties whether they’re leased or owned, and we’re thrilled to have them as a partner of VIABILITY,” said VIABILITY President and CEO Dick Venne. “Plus, they’re helping us reduce our carbon footprint.”

The alliance began roughly seven months ago when Eversource conducted an energy assessment on our properties. Following the audit, the company introduced an incentive to upgrade lighting and change fixtures at no cost to nonprofit organizations.

Contracts were signed in March and materials were purchased thereafter. In mid-June, Eversource replaced roughly $20,000 in lighting equipment at Lighthouse in Springfield and $10,000 in lighting accessories at our Community-Based Day Supports program in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The new fixtures are flat-panel light-emitting diode, or LED, fixtures that are about 2-inches thick.

VIABILITY Facilities and Safety Manger Dave Rice said the lights have been well received.

“The feedback that I’ve gotten from staff and members has been incredible. They say it brightens the space, makes it feel more inviting, and at no cost to the program, it’ll save them money every year.”

Now, Dave said he’s looking into more energy incentives to upgrade the lighting and replace the HVAC unit for our properties in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and eastern Massachusetts. Lighting upgrades are also being sought at Berkshire Pathways.

“This effort follows VIABILITY’s energy-efficiency initiative that the facilities department been working towards over the course of the last few years. And, it saves the programs’ money, which is a big deal for me,” Dave said. “Any way we can save facility costs, helps the programs use funding somewhere else.”