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California State University Honored with Prestigious Flex Your Power Award
CSU Recognized for Energy Efficiency throughout its 23 Campuses
Los Angeles, CA. – California State University (CSU) will be honored with the “Flex Your Power Award” on June 30 at 11 a.m. during the State of California’s 2006 Energy Conservation Summit at the LAX Marriott Hotel. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be on hand to help pay tribute to the university’s Office of the Chancellor, its award-winning San Bernardino campus, and the other award-recipient organizations that lead the state in energy efficiency and environmental conservation.
The Office of the Chancellor is recognized in the “Energy Efficiency” category by Flex Your Power, while CSU San Bernardino’s award is in the “Education and Leadership” category. The 23-campus university and all the other award recipients have helped reduce power consumption and relieve strain on the state’s overtaxed energy grid by 275 million kWh, enough electricity to power more than 45,000 homes for a year.
Richard West, CSU’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, will accept the award on behalf of the university.
“This is an important honor for the university. We are grateful to Flex Your Power for not only recognizing our and the other award recipients’ conservation efforts, but also for creating awareness and a forum to address California’s critical energy problems,” said West.
CSU, the largest university in the nation, is nationally recognized for its energy reduction policies and projects. From the 1999/2000 school year through 2005 the university reduced energy consumption by 10 percent. Last year the CSU Board of Trustees approved an updated policy on energy conservation that calls for maintaining current practices and further reducing consumption by another 15 percent. The policy also calls for reduced requirements from the state’s electricity grid by increasing self-generation to 50 MW, and increasing the purchase of renewable energy to 20 percent.
A large number of cogeneration plants, solar power, and flexibility to reduce demand during transmission shortages are key technologies supporting the self-generation goal.
The Board of Trustees recently approved the installation of a 1-megawatt fuel cell power plant for its Northridge campus to generate base load electricity for its facilities and surplus heat for hot water. The new facility will be the largest at any university in the world, incorporate the most efficient power plant technology currently available, and will provide additional environmental friendly power to the campus. CSU Northridge has also been honored over the years for its innovative Solar Photovoltaic projects, on-campus energy infrastructures, and sustainable energy practices.
“Sustainability and renewable energy are priorities in the CSU, and an issue the Board of Trustees is passionate about. This policy would function as an excellent template for other universities in creating their own energy standards,” said CSU Student Board of Trustee member Andrew LaFlamme, who is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Business Administration at California State University, Stanislaus. “We must all become more conscious of our energy and resource management, and we must increase our renewable energy investments to protect our universities from future energy challenges.”
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu
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Last Updated: June 29, 2006
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