Trane Educates Big Ten and Friends Conference Attendees about Increasing Sustainability and Optimizing the Learning Environment

Trane Educates Big Ten and Friends Conference Attendees about
Increasing Sustainability and Optimizing the Learning Environment

Trane joins Eastern Michigan University to share how co-gen technology and
connected building approach increased campus energy efficiency over 20 percent

East Lansing, Mich., Oct. 9, 2017 — Higher education facilities professionals can learn from Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, about optimizing energy management on both the supply and the demand side at the Big Ten & Friends Mechanical & Energy Conference held Oct. 8-11 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

Jim Zavesky, education vertical market leader, and John Donegan, vice president of facilities for Eastern Michigan University, will use a case study approach to provide a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to optimize campus energy infrastructure from the supply side as well as demand side.

By introducing building energy conservation measures, optimizing central plant operations with new co-gen technology and leveraging connected building strategies, the university:

  • Increased its campus efficiency by over 20 percent,
  • Reduced its demand on the grid, and
  • Is leading other universities in the regional initiative to obtain incremental state funding for energy conservation projects with a less than 10-year payback

Trane leaders will also be available at the conference to meet with attendees to discuss how they can meet their college and university campus sustainability goals and optimize the learning environment by enhancing their options for:

  • Navigating and leveraging the complex landscape of energy infrastructure
  • Mastering campus efficiency with industry leading technology and expertise
  • Lowering environmental impact with next-generation, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants

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About Ingersoll Rand and Trane
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. For more information, visit or

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

About the Big Ten& Friends Mechanical & Energy Conference
The Big Ten & Friends Mechanical & Energy Conference, held Oct. 8-11 at the Kellogg Hotel in East Lansing, Michigan, brings together facility owners, operators, engineers and professionals in higher education and business partners to network, listen to, and take back information to continually improve the sustainability and efficiency of campus and university infrastructure. Mechanical infrastructure and operation directly impact facilities' energy and carbon footprint. This year’s conference hopes to blend industry developments and practices to improve energy consumption, ultimately and potentially reducing carbon footprint while meeting ever-increasing demands for resiliency, reliability, comfort, and indoor air quality. Methods of monitoring, measurement, and control allow for facilities personnel to meet these needs.

Contact Information

Heidi McGuire