As part of CU-Boulder’s ongoing effort to reduce its environmental footprint and campus energy bill, the university rewards employees who implement strategies to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Two campus buildings—the Koenig Alumni Center and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)—attained Buff Energy Star status during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, in which building employees reduce energy usage by at least 5% over the previous fiscal year.
For their energy-saving efforts, building proctors Jerry Greene (MCDB) and Clark Oldroyd (Koenig) will receive one-time $1,000 cash bonuses awarded by Louise Vale, Vice Chancellor for Administration, on December 4.
The two buildings conserved more than 820,000 kilowatt hours of energy, enough electricity to power more than 71 homes for a year, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 1,340,000 pounds. They also saved the university $86,834.
The combined conservation efforts by all Buff Energy Star program participants for the 2011-12 fiscal year resulted in total energy savings of more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours, a cost savings of some $162,000. The total reduction of carbon dioxide emissions amounts to more than 2.5 million pounds.
The 2012-13 Buff Energy Star cycle runs from July 2012 to June 2013. To learn more about energy conservation on campus and to nominate a building for Buff Energy Star status, visit http://www.colorado.edu/cusustainability.
To report campus energy waste, call (303) 735-6202 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.