Come spring Lake Junaluska will be green in more ways than one.
The popular conference and retreat center is undergoing a “green” transformation, thanks to a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The lake is using the $293,240 Energy Efficiency Grant, administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce State Energy Office, to purchase new energy efficient heating and cooling units that will replace the old ones, said Jack Ewing, executive director and CEO of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.
“The goal is to save $72,000 a year in energy costs,” Ewing said. “The grant requires an obligation from us to provide in kind work. So we’ll be responsible for the labor.”
Ewing said lake officials worked with Waste Reduction Partners of Asheville to identify areas where the lake could save energy. Specifically, the grant is paying for 100 new PTAC (in wall AC/heat) units for Terrace Hotel, 42 new PTAC units for the east wing of Lambuth Inn, 25 new PTAC units for Lakeside Lodge, the replacement of boiler burners in Lambuth Inn to allow for the switch over from fuel oil to natural gas, and the replacement of incandescent light bulbs in various locations on the campus to LED lighting.
“Lake Junaluska has identified an environmental focus in its strategic plan approved by the Board in October 2011,” said Ewing. “We are so pleased that the North Carolina Energy Office has helped us make a major reduction in energy costs through this grant, therefore, helping us be better stewards of the environment that God has given us.”
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center is an agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind, and body.
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