Camp Long goes green

By Pam Bryant

2 men changing a light fixtureAn energy work day at the W.W. Long Leadership Center took steps to conserve energy and cut operating costs. After an audit by the SC Energy Office, teams from Clemson University, the Aiken Electric Cooperative and the Energy Office began work in October.

The first step was to replace 625 light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescents, which are estimated to save $7,400 per year. Future projects may include re-mapping security lighting, installing a solar water heater, and restoring a grist mill to generate hydro-electricity.

men landscaping around an hvac system“We’re committed to helping our members, our community and our environment,” said Gary Stooksbury, CEO of Aiken Electric Cooperative, the utility provider for the camp. The company donated the new light bulbs and installed pads to elevate outdoor HVAC units.

Camp Long is a residential facility that serves at-risk youth through partnerships with the SC Department of Juvenile Justice, the SC National Guard and Aiken County Public Schools. Programs are delivered by Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute to foster education through hands-on, nature-based, experiential learning.

For more information: www.clemson.edu/yli/long/.