Stimulus Promotes Energy Conservation

Monday, September 14, 2009

The University of West Georgia and Campus Planning and Facilities received $495,000 from the Board of Regents to fund several energy-conservation measures in buildings on campus. 

The University System of Georgia received monies under the State Facilities Retrofit Program to fund 71 energy-conservation measures totaling $27.3 million at 25 colleges and universities across the state. The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority is providing the funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The energy-conservation measures include lighting retrofits, mechanical/HVAC upgrades and installation of control systems in classrooms, libraries, science buildings and other state-owned facilities.

At UWG, light fixtures, ballast and light bulbs in the Ingram Library and the Pafford, Boyd and Humanities Buildings will be replaced with more energy efficient lighting at a cost of $330,000. Approximately 900 fixtures and 1,800 bulbs will be replaced.

In The Coliseum and Cobb and Row Halls, an upgrade of cooling equipment is planned. Since 2007, increasing energy efficiency in the USG’s colleges and universities has been the focus of a system-wide initiative that supports one of the Board of Regents’ strategic goals – to operate more efficiently as a system.

At UWG, CPF has reduced energy consumption for several consecutive years despite a rise in student enrollment. The department recently won the prestigious APPA Award for Excellence for its conservation and planning efforts in the field of educational facilities. Staff in the Facilities and Grounds unit developed and submitted the applications for the funds approved by the BOR.

The funded projects will conserve almost 344,000 million BTUs annually for an estimated savings of $6 million in utilities costs while achieving other key objectives of the ARRA such as job creation/retention, the support of green industries and environmental stewardship. A BTU is a unit of energy and a measurement of heat value in fuels.

Altogether, the BOR-funded projects will conserve almost 344,000 million BTUs annually for an estimated savings of $6 million in utilities costs while achieving other key objectives of the ARRA such as job creation/retention, the support of green industries and environmental stewardship.

For more information, visit the BOR website at http://www.usg.edu/news/2009/090909.phtml.