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Greenville University Named a Finalist for State Sustainablity Award

gym entranceGreenville University is pleased to announce that it is a finalist for the 2018 Illinois Sustainability Award, the nation’s longest-running state award for excellence in environmental performance.

Illinois Sustainability Awardees are an elite group of leaders committed to reducing environmental impact. They contribute to the growth of a more sustainable economy in Illinois. By prioritizing sustainability throughout their operations, programs, technology, products and company culture, they serve as models within their industries and communities.

Mark Owens, director of facilities at G.U., received word of the University’s status as a finalist August 15. G.U.’s selection was based on a narrative G.U. submitted, documenting its implementation of two phases of The Greenville University Revolving Green Action Project.

LED Lights Save Energy

The Revolving Green Action Project aims to reduce energy consumption and create a sustainable fund for future energy efficiency and green initiative projects. G.U.’s submission for the 2018 award focused on replacement lighting in H.J. Long Gymnasium and the Crum Recreation Center. 

  1. Phase one: replace incandescent with energy efficient LED – G.U. replaced all of the existing incandescent bulbs and 5,000 32-watt 4’ bulbs in the targeted areas.
  2. Phase two: fund future green projects – G.U. created a protected account designated for future revolving green projects and a method for funneling savings into it.

Savings Reinvested in Green Initiatives

Replacement lighting resulted in 33 percent wattage reduction in the gymnasium and 55 percent wattage reduction in the Rec Center. At the same time, both facilities realized increased lighting. In the case of the Rec Center, the new fixtures provide almost four times the amount of previous lighting.

The combined savings translates into $10,619 annually in energy consumption and maintenance savings. This amount will be added to the revolving green fund.

Investing in energy-efficient infrastructure and pursuing an Illinois Sustainability Award is part of Greenville University’s five-year (2018-2023) strategic plan.

Learn more about the University’s efforts to pursue best practices and contribute to the flourishing of the Southern Illinois community:

University Students Continue Testing Well Water Quality In Southern Illinois
Finance Team Gains National Recognition With Winning Best Practice
Homegrown Greenville Graduate Gives Back to Local Economy
G.U.’s  Five-Year Strategic Plan

This story was published on October 10, 2018




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