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Lighting, steam heat improvements lead to big energy savings at URI

By District Energy posted 10-03-2018 16:43


Dave Lavalle, URI Today


KINGSTON, R.I. — October 3, 2018 — Since 2006, the University of Rhode Island has saved 11 million kilowatt hours of energy, reduced annual steam consumption by 89 million pounds and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by almost 26 million pounds. Such achievements are being recognized nationally.

The U.S. Department of Education earlier this year named the University of Rhode Island a 2018 Green Ribbon School. The University received the Postsecondary Sustainability Award, and it is the only university or college in New England to be selected for a Green Ribbon honor. Earlier this year, the Princeton Review named URI among the nation’s greenest colleges for the eighth straight year.

“The University is strongly committed to sustainability, and has made outstanding progress in reducing greenhouse emissions and solid waste streams,” said Vice President for Administration and Finance Abigail Rider.  “We are deeply honored to be named a Green Ribbon School, and we continuously evaluate and implement additional improvements which increase our sustainability. ”

A year-long project was recently completed to replace the campus’ exterior lights with about 1,900 high-efficiency, light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and accompanying fixtures to limit the spread of light. In addition to the enhanced lighting, the fixtures provide a standardized, clean look across campus. The only fixtures that weren’t replaced are those in historic campus areas that mimic light poles of earlier eras. However, the lights themselves have been replaced with LED units.

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