Bellenoit Recognized with Green Carpet Award
Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, congratulated Paul Bellenoit for winning a Green Carpet Award following the award ceremony.
April 26, 2010 – In recognition of his ongoing leadership, innovation, dedication, and drive to make sustainability an everyday consideration for the Harvard College Library (HCL) organization, staff, and patrons, Paul Bellenoit was selected from more than 200 nominees University-wide to receive an inaugural Green Carpet Award from the Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS). Created to recognize individual staff, faculty, and students, and project teams who have made an outstanding contribution to the Harvard’s sustainability effort, the awards were made in a ceremony held April 23 in Sanders Theatre.
“Paul has worked tirelessly to ensure HCL’s environmental impact is minimized in every way,” said Rebecca Graham, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Preservation, Digitization, and Administrative Services. “Every aspect of the Library’s physical plant and operations is assessed for the potential to benefit greenhouse gas reductions efforts. This award is a much-deserved recognition of the leadership, innovation and enthusiasm Paul consistently shows for helping HCL contribute to Harvard University’s sustainability goals.”
In the past two years, Bellenoit has planned and overseen the implementation of more than a dozen projects that have reduced energy use, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the libraries managed by HCL operations - Widener, Houghton, Lamont, Pusey and Tozzer. In total, the projects have saved 331,737 kilowatt-hours of electricity, 14,000 gallons of water and have resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of more than 15 percent since 2006 – the fourth largest reduction among all sectors of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The projects, categorized by goal, include:
- Reduced Energy Consumption
- 59,404 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved with the installation of occupancy sensors in the Widener Library stacks.
- 5,000 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved with the installation of occupancy sensors in more than 130 HCL offices.
- 85,000 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved by turning off nearly 300 indirect lighting fixtures on Widener Library carrels during the day.
- 69,406, kilowatt-hours of power were conserved by replacing 72 chandelier lights with energy-efficient bulbs.
The Green Carpet Awards, held in Sanders Theatre, attracted a crowd of more than 800 people last week.
- 56,610 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved by turning off 82 unneeded lights in the ceiling of Widener Library’s Loker Reading Room, along with 68 spotlights and lights over the bookcases in the Phillips and Stacks reading rooms.
- 12,960 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved by replacing 180 lights throughout Houghton Library with energy-efficient bulbs.
- 17,794 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved by replacing lights in Pusey Library’s Manuscript Room with energy-efficient bulbs.
- 16,443 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved with the installation of occupancy sensors in the Pusey Library stacks.
- 9,120 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved by replacing 25 bottled water coolers in Widener, Lamont and Pusey libraries with eight filtered-water dispensers.
- 4,770 kilowatt-hours of power were conserved by replacing 13 lights in the Henry Weston Farnsworth Room in Lamont Library with energy-efficient bulbs.
- 30 older, inefficient space heaters in Widener Library were replaced with nine heaters which use 80 percent less power.
- Reduced Water Use
- 7,000 gallons of water were conserved by installing 27 “low flow” urinals, which use just 1/8th of a gallon per flush in bathrooms throughout Widener, Lamont, Pusey and Houghton libraries.
- 7,000 gallons of water were conserved by installing more than 70 “dual flush” toilets, which allow users to select either a 1.0 or 1.6 gallon flush, in bathrooms throughout Widener, Lamont, Pusey and Houghton libraries.
- Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by more than 15 percent, in part by creating three computer-controlled schedules for the operation of HVAC systems in Widener, Lamont and Tozzer libraries, ensuring the operation of the libraries’ heating and cooling systems more closely mirror the times the libraries are open.
As a member of the FAS capital projects team, Bellenoit helped oversee the renovation of a portion of the Littauer building into the new, LEED Gold-certified home of the Fine Arts Library, a project that stands as a model for future sustainability efforts throughout Harvard’s libraries. Working closely with other staff in his department, Bellenoit also helped Operations become just the sixth university office to earn Green Leaf 4 certification from OFS – a goal he will now encourage other HCL departments to achieve.
Bellenoit’s recent work is merely an example of his longstanding commitment to sustainability. Since his appointment in 1998, he has made sustainability a central focus for HCL libraries, implementing dozens of measures, from the obvious, like changing to “green” cleaning products, to those that required innovative thinking, such as alternating the operation of the two massive dehumidification systems in the Widener stacks, cutting natural gas consumption in half and extending the life of both systems.
Though the awards recognized individuals, Bellenoit was quick to acknowledge that HCL’s track record of implementing successful projects has been the product of many staff members working together toward a common goal.
“It is an honor to receive this award, but it is one that belongs to all the staff in HCL Operations,” Bellenoit said. “None of HCL’s sustainability accomplishments would be possible without the extraordinary skills and dedication of the Operations team, and I’m proud to accept this award on their behalf.”