DMACC receives National Energy Excellence Award

Staff Writer
Perry Chief
DMACC receives National Energy Excellence Award

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) received the Energy Excellence Award from Cenergistic, a national energy conservation company, during a DMACC board of directors meeting yesterday. Over a span of 37 months, DMACC and Cenergistic saved a total of $1,062,905 in cost savings from energy-efficient practices.

“Reaching this savings mark is a significant milestone. DMACC has achieved success by implementing a comprehensive plan to reduce energy usage and costs that include changing behaviors of energy users,” said Dr. William S. Spears, chairman and founder of Cenergistic. “The DMACC President and board, along with other administration, faculty and staff members are to be commended for clearly fulfilling their commitment to being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and the environment.”

“The long-term savings from this energy conservation program is another way that we are working across the College to keep the costs of tuition affordable for our students,” said Rob Denson, president of DMACC. “By changing some personal energy habits to larger efforts such as using geothermal heating and cooling in all our new facilities and building a wind turbine on the Ankeny Campus together adds up to significant energy savings. That’s good for us as an organization and the students who we serve.”

DMACC energy specialist Jay Tiefenthaler tracks energy consumption using energy accounting software as part of the program. By tracking energy consumption and analyzing energy use, he can quickly uncover and correct areas that need attention.

“As more and more faculty, staff and students gained awareness of our goals, how the program was being implemented, and the fact that it was actually pretty easy making a few conscious changes with daily energy habits, the result was a steady growth in our energy savings,” said Tiefenthaler.

“Strong support from President Denson and the board have created an atmosphere of cooperation that should continue to grow and ensure even greater energy savings well into the future,” said Dr. Spears. “I am extremely pleased to present Des Moines Area Community College with our Energy Excellence Award. The college joins a very committed group of organizations across the country working hard to achieve energy savings so the dollars saved can be redirected to educational needs.”


Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 222 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit