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UAlbany Announces Intersession Energy Savings Initiative
UAlbany's conservation effort will represent a total of 3.75 million pounds of carbon dioxide emission reduction, which is the equivalent of taking 350 cars off the road for a year.
ALBANY, N.Y. (December 2, 2008) -- As part of the University's ongoing environmental sustainability efforts, UAlbany announced an Intersession Energy Savings Initiative, designed to decrease the campus' energy consumption and achieve cost savings of roughly $250,000.
Intersession, which runs from Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, through Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, is a time when classes are not in session, very few students are in residence and a great number of faculty and staff are either on break or taking vacation. This period offers the campus a prime opportunity to decrease its energy consumption and carbon footprint while realizing financial savings during a time of serious budget constraints.
During Intersession, UAlbany will reduce temperature and lighting throughout its buildings. The conservation effort will result in a reduction of an estimated two million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 150,000 therms of natural gas. This will represent a total of 3.75 million pounds of carbon dioxide emission reduction, which is the equivalent of taking 350 cars off the road for a year.
"Intersession energy conservation is a tried and true means of reducing utility costs at universities nationwide," said Interim President George M. Philip. "By working together, the UAlbany campus community can help achieve significant energy and cost savings during this period."
The University Library, University Administration Building and Management Services Building will maintain normal operations.
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