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compressed air utilization and equipment insulation. WVU also identified utility savings with updates to the chillers and processing systems at SimEx. Ply Gem continually monitors its carbon footprint and recycles excess scrap vinyl, paper, glass and metals used in production. Low volatile organic compound cleaners and paints are used throughout the facili- ties, which provides enhanced indoor air quality for our valued associates. West Virginia American Water Names Brian Bruce as New President West Virginia American Water has named Brian Bruce its new president. Bruce replaced Jeffrey McIntyre, who was named senior vice president of American Water’s Mid-Atlantic Division, encompass- ing Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and president of Pennsylvania American Water. “We are so pleased to have Brian join the Mid-Atlantic team,” says American Water COO Walter Lynch. “Brian has more than 25 years of experience in the water industry and is highly committed to excellent customer service. I know he is excited to join our local team and meet the great people we are privileged to serve in West Virginia.” Bruce is the former president of New York American Water, which provides high-quality and reliable water and waste- water services to approximately 350,000 people, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business, including customer, regulatory and local government relation- ships and operational performance. Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center to Use Solar Energy The Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center in Wheeling has installed solar panels as part of the agency’s movement toward becoming more energy efficient. The 17kW solar panel system, installed in December 2016, is estimated to produce nearly 21,000 kWh of electricity in its first year alone. “With utility costs continuing to increase annually, a growing portion of our budget was going toward covering these operation- al costs,” says Elizabeth Paulhus, director of program development and evaluation at Catholic Charities West Virginia. Paulhus connected with Dan Conant, the founder of Solar Holler, to develop the project for the neighborhood center. “I saw this project as a means of reducing our utility costs, which in turn would free up funding to advance the services we provide to those most in need,” says Paulhus. “As the cost of electricity con- tinues to rise, the cost savings from solar panels will increase as well.” The solar panel system at the neighbor- hood center will produce approximately one quarter of the power currently used. In addition to solar panels, Conant sug- gested replacing all lights in the center with high-efficiency LED lights to reduce energy consumption further. “We’re excited to be working with nonprofits because every dollar we can cut from your electricity bill can go into programs that work toward the mission of the group,” says Conant. “We love being able to help the community and faith organizations that do so much good throughout the state.”  I’M A MENTOR. I AM A DAUGHTER OF MARSHALL. OUR FACULTY are leaders, mentors and cultivators of talent. Marshall University salutes Dr. Nadja Spitzer, recipient of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award, and all our faculty members who are changing students’ lives and inspiring extraordinary futures. One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755 877-GOHERD-1 • marshall.edu • WWW.WVEXECUTIVE.COM S P R I N G 2 017 67