Grace Rubin, Carleton Now
Martha Larson, Carleton’s manager of campus energy and sustainability, has been named an Energy Innovator of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The AEE is a non-profit organization that focuses on fostering sustainable development in the energy industry. The award is given to an individual in each of the international association’s 15 regions for “outstanding achievement and innovation in promoting the adoption of renewable, green, or other innovative technologies.”
Larson’s award recognizes her many contributions to improving sustainability at Carleton. In 2011, she served as the project manager for Carleton’s Climate Action Plan, developed in accordance with the college’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The CAP includes the installation of Carleton’s second commercial-sized wind turbine, as well as a Utility Master Plan for modernizing Carleton’s energy profile. Phase 1 of the plan was initiated last May when Carleton began its transition from a steam distribution system to a 120-degree Fahrenheit hot water system. By replacing the steam system with a geothermal heat pump system, energy usage will be reduced by 40% and carbon emissions will be reduced by 15%. The project is expected to be completed by 2021.