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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Maryland Board of Public Works Lauds SU Energy Plan

SALISBURY, MD---Through a partnership with Pepco Energy Services (PES), Inc. and the Maryland Department of General Services, Salisbury University plans to implement several campus-wide environmental friendly measures aimed at energy conservation. The initiative is guaranteed by PES to save at least $5.3 million in energy costs over the next 15 years, an amount sufficient to pay for the project.

According to Kevin Mann, director of SU’s Physical Plant, PES will provide services for 17 projects, including the replacement of aging mechanical equipment or the installation of more efficient equipment in 14 buildings, the installation of tens of thousands more energy-efficient bulbs and lighting fixtures and the installation of energy “misers” on vending machines.

The project also involves upgrading approximately 1,700 plumbing fixtures to conserve 11,000 gallons of water annually and reducing excessive air and solar infiltration to building interiors in 38 locations. Maintenance and 15-year guarantees are included on all equipment installed.

“From an environmental and sustainability perspective, the project will save water equal to the amount consumed annually by 473 family homes, electricity sufficient to power 1,600 homes, and it will reduce emissions equal to removing 1,571 cars from the road or planting 2,145 acres of trees,” said Greig Mitchell, vice president for administration and finance at SU.

Funding for the $7.2 million dollar project comes from the guaranteed savings through the investment, as well as from residence hall renovation funding.

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the project on Wednesday, November 15 and commended the University for its creativity and leadership in this area.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.



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