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E-M:/ UM Energy Conservation

Good news from U-M. Hopefully, next year they will report an energy use decline.
I know MSU is doing a lot too. But some other Michigan universities and colleges are behind. In the spirit of individual activism, it might be a good idea to contact your alma mater, kid's school or local university (and K-12 schools) and ask about their environmental program, achievements and encourage progress.
Have a good Holiday, frank 

University of Michigan growing, but not in its energy use

by Dave Gershman | The Ann Arbor News

Monday December 22, 2008, 11:41 AM

Energy conservation efforts are paying off on campus, according to the latest University of Michigan environmental report.

Even though the campus grew by 500,000 square feet from newly constructed space, the amount of energy used to heat, cool and power the campus didn't go up in the last fiscal year, the annual report showed.

The 45-page report tracks U-M's efforts to minimize environmental impacts at the Ann Arbor campus, which covers 3,070 acres and has 380 buildings. More than 78,000 people study or work on campus. During the 2008 fiscal year, which ended June 30, nine major construction and renovation projects were completed.

Despite that growth, total energy use in U-M buildings held steady at 6.2 trillion BTUs. The report was presented to the U-M Board of Regents at its recent monthly meeting.

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