Tuesday, July 20, 2021
In April, Valencia College submitted a proposal to the Office of Congressman Darren Soto for funding of the Poinciana Campus Energy Independence Project as a part of the FY2022 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Community Project Request Form. Yesterday, we learned that $500,000 for Valencia’s environmental sustainability efforts was approved by the House Appropriations Committee and has been included in fiscal year 2022 House Appropriations Bill.
“Please keep in mind, while this news is exciting,” explained Jay Galbraith, vice president, public affairs and marketing, “it is the first stage of the Federal Government Budget Process.”
Opened in 2017, Valencia College’s Poinciana Campus was constructed to increase access to higher education for a historically underserved and diverse community. The Poinciana Campus is an energy efficient campus that includes three Green Globes® certified buildings and was built to support the future installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to move toward carbon neutrality.
Our project champion, Rep. Soto shared, “I am thrilled that the House Committee on Appropriations included $500,000 to support Valencia College’s move toward carbon neutrality in FY2022 appropriations bills. It is an honor to advocate for our community every day in Congress and see our efforts reflected so positively.”
“Rep. Soto played a key role in securing the funds to build the Poinciana Campus, and we appreciate his strong commitment to the mission of the College,” Jay said. “His advocacy of this project to help bring a comprehensive solar energy system to the Poinciana Campus will ensure energy sustainability is achieved.”
Based on estimates, the Poinciana Campus Energy Independence Project will cost approximately $1 million to install, and the $500,000 appropriation, matched by the College, will enable us to accelerate the timeline for installation.
The Poinciana Campus Energy Independence Project will bring several benefits to the community, notably the reduction of operating costs to provide higher education to residents, in addition to improving our resiliency in climate change by adding onsite renewable energy production.
“We are excited about this first stage of the Federal Government Budget process and are honored by the Congressman’s leadership in the House,” shared Jay.