Cambridge Energy Alliance Forming Unique Partnerships


The Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA) has formed a new unique partnership to evaluate energy and water efficiency at Camp Dresser & McKee’s (CDM) world headquarters in Cambridge. This large-scale energy and resource conservation project represents an innovative, community-based approach to making energy efficiency a reality for residents and businesses.

CEA, the result of a first-in-the-nation collaboration between the City of Cambridge and major foundations, is a non-profit organization that is facilitating increased sustainability through large-scale implementation. “CEA aggregates all aspects of energy and water efficiency—from energy service providers, government rebates and financing to renewable energy and demand reductions and community education and outreach—into one effort,” explains Deborah Donovan, CEA executive director. “The inclusive program allows businesses, residents and institutions across Cambridge to save energy and money, and dramatically reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. We’re grateful for the city’s forward-thinking support for CEA and to CDM for putting the project on the map by becoming the city’s first major participant.”

CDM is a consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm and one of Cambridge’s top 20 employers with 683 employees. An energy service company is conducting a comprehensive energy efficiency audit of CDM offices to create an accurate energy model of the building; identify electric, gas, oil and water efficiency opportunities; and optimize building functions. Proposed infrastructure investments could yield more than $100,000 per year in energy, water and operational savings.

Energy savings measures being considered include improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls; energy-efficient lighting, refrigerators and ice machines; as well as enhanced facility management processes, procedures and policies.

“This is an exciting development for CEA and the city,” says Robert W. Healy, Cambridge city manager. “When the city announced the creation of CEA, we aimed to spur energy efficiency and clean energy improvements in the commercial building sector because that is where most of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are occurring. I congratulate CDM for stepping up to the plate and leading the way for our businesses. We hope many others will follow their example.”

The owners of One Cambridge Place, where CDM is located, are working to obtain a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Existing Building certification and an Energy Star™ rating for the property.

For more information on the Cambridge Energy Alliance, visit

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