Names U.Va. To Energy Conservation Honor Society -- Again
2, 2000 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
recently named the University of Virginia to its Honor Society for
achievements in 1999 in the EPAs Energy Star Building Partnership,
a voluntary energy conservation program. It marked the third year
U.Va. has been so honored.
year, the Universitys Facilities Management employees upgraded
lighting systems illuminating nearly 4 million square feet in 82
buildings. The new equipment reduced consumption of electricity
by nearly 9.5 million kilowatt hours and saved the University $577,000.
proud of our commitment to preventing pollution through improved
energy performance and pleased to be saving money while doing so,"
said Tony Motto, U.Va.s energy program manager. "Recognition
through national Energy Star events allows us to mark our progress
from year to year."
Energy Program has a consistent record of excellence. In 1997, the
University was elected to the EPA National Honor Society and a year
later earned a magna cum laude designation in the Honor Society.
Last year, the University was named the EPA Green Lights Partner
of the Year for Education.
energy by burning fossil fuels -- such as coal, oil or natural gas
-- releases pollutants into the atmosphere, including carbon dioxide,
sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. These pollutants contribute
to smog, acid rain and global warming. By using energy-efficient
technologies that reduce energy use, the University is working for
cleaner air and the preservation of natural resources.
Energy Star Buildings and Green Lights Partnership has more than
4,400 participants nationwide, including nearly 400 school districts
and universities. Participants monitor baseline energy data and
complete a specified number of technology upgrades that save energy
and prevent pollution. By the end of 1998, education partners alone
had invested $294 million in energy-efficiency upgrades, which are
expected to return $1.3 billion in net savings over the life of
a magna cum laude recipient, the University is recognized
on the Energy Star Buildings web site at: www.epa.gov/buildings.
Betty Wooding, (804) 982-5846