Lorain, OH—Things are literally looking bright at The Nord Center which is making energy efficiency improvements. Over the past 6 months, the agency has been in the process of replacing all of its legacy electric fixtures with new LED ones. This was made possible due to a combination of a grant from the Ohio Department of Development and special loan funds that the agency was able to access. The Energy Loan Fund helps Ohio businesses implement energy improvements which they are in turn able to use the savings to pay the improvement loan.
Nord Center Chief Fiscal Officer Melissa Beck estimates that the change to energy efficient fixtures will yield a 28% savings in energy costs. As funding has been available, the agency has also been working to update legacy heating, air conditioning and cooling systems in its 6140 S Broadway location.
According to CEO Don Schiffbauer, “It is our goal to continue to implement more efficient means of maintaining our physical plant and providing for the comfort and safety of the staff and clients that frequent our building each and every day.” The Nord Center’s building at 6140 S Broadway was originally constructed in the early 1980s with a new addition completed ten years later in the early 1990s.
Established in 1947, The Nord Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit provider of community mental health and related support services headquartered in Lorain County. The Nord Center’s mission is: Engaging people in our community to achieve mental and emotional health through prevention, treatment and advocacy.