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New site touts eco-friendly solutions

Nov. 20, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Information about Western Michigan University's energy saving initiatives from alternative-fuel-vehicle parking spaces to snow melt systems is available at a new Web site to increase awareness of environmentally friendly choices on campus.

Visit WMU's sustainability site

The comprehensive sustainability site includes summaries of a wide array of conservation practices associated with the University's buildings, purchasing policies, energy and water systems, and food, dining, grounds, landscaping, recycling and transportation units.

The site was unveiled by WMU President John M. Dunn during a visit by U.S. Congressman Fred Upton last month. Upton, a top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, was on campus to tour exterior LED lighting areas and take a drive in the University's first all-electric service vehicle.

Other campus energy-saving highlights include incorporation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification in the construction of such new facilities as the College of Health and Human Services; higher energy efficient heating and cooling systems; lighting sensors and conversion to compact florescent lamps; use of organic ice melt to reduce rock salt; green cleaning chemicals; and extensive alternative fuel research.

For more information, contact Carolyn Noack, manager of recycling and waste reduction, at carolyn.noack@wmich.edu or (269) 387-8165.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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