Coast Guard visits college’s ‘green’ housing

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine – Coast Guard members from Sector Northern New England and Southwest Harbor and the commander of Coast Guard shore maintenance visited the College of the Atlantic’s housing facilities, May 4, 2010, to collaborate on ideas for “greener” Coast Guard housing renovations in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Students from the college visited Southwest Harbor’s Coast Guard housing community April 21, 2010, and toured a nearly ‘net-zero’ energy housing duplex, where a pellet boiler and renewable energy projects were recently funded by the Coast Guard innovation program.

“It’s good for the environment, the economy, the Coast Guard members, and their families- there’s nothing not to like,” said Coast Guard Capt. Jim McPherson, commander, Sector Northern New England. “We are committed to sustainable energy practices and technologies, including improving Coast Guard housing, and conforming to federally mandated energy policy.”

The College of the Atlantic’s housing village is comparable in size and population to the Coast Guard housing community in Southwest Harbor. The COA village utilizes a centralized wood pellet boiler and heat recovery system as renewable energy sources and is the first project on the campus to use sustainable energy of this scale.

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