Navigating the “Cobwebs” 102: Acting on a Year’s Worth of Energy Master Planning


Founded in 1795 as the first planned campus in the United States, Union College is a highly selective, private, residential, liberal arts and engineering college that is consistently ranked among the nation’s top institutions. Over the last several years, Union College has heavily focused on reducing its overall site energy consumption and carbon footprint through several initiatives. To effectively reach all energy efficiency, sustainability and carbon reduction goals, the College was in need of a comprehensive Energy Master Plan which that offered a holistic review of all energy consuming systems on campus.

The first phase and overall Master Plan project scope outline was presented by Mr. DeWein and Mr. Donovan at the 2018 WEEC. This presentation will provide an update on the Master Planning process and provide details on several of the action items that have been identified over the last year.

Presented By

Mitchell DeWein, C.E.M.
Industry & Energy Project Manager
CHA Consulting, Inc.

Mitchell S. DeWein, CEM, is a Project Manager at CHA, a full service engineering and construction management firm. Working within the Industry & Energy group, he has over 10 years of experience in mechanical system design, equipment selection, facility energy analysis, construction cost estimation, and design coordination in support of all levels of energy audits and energy consulting assignments. His experience includes third party review of biomass heating system design and installation inspections, applications for state funding in NY, MA and RI and full energy performance contracts for K-12 school districts in NY. He has experience with performing startup commissioning efforts at retail stores across the east coast as well as additional commissioning at a large development of a new conference center in Albany, NY. Mitchell also supports the company’s power and thermal generation group with analyzing and developing thermal and electrical load profiles for combined heat and power plants and financial evaluations of MicroGrids consisting of multiple renewable and nonrenewable generation assets. This experience has allowed for his energy consulting involvement in over 1,500 facilities covering the entire east-coast of the US from Maine to Florida. Mr. DeWein is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).