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UIS receives grant to upgrade campus lighting

June 30, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield has received a grant of more than $190,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to replace existing interior lighting in several campus buildings.

The maximum lighting grant for any one campus is $250,000 in a single year. UIS had received a similar grant for $40,000 the previous year for partial lighting upgrades inside Brookens Library.

Joe Eck, assistant director for planning, physical planning and operations, said, “Over the past two years, we applied for and received approval for two grants from the Clean Energy Foundation.  Both grants are for upgrading existing interior lighting fixtures with new high-efficient ballasts and lamps, which not only provide cost savings but also provide improved lighting.  The grants cover approximately 75 percent of the total project cost; UIS funds the rest.”

Eck explained that the first grant, for $40,000, was used to upgrade lighting in the library stacks area.  “That recently completed project upgraded 2,000 fixtures, which will reduce electrical demand by 50KW and result in an estimated savings of $20,000 annually,” Eck said.

“The second award will upgrade lighting fixtures in the Public Affairs Center, Health and Sciences Building, and buildings on the east side of campus,” said Eck.  “This project will allow the university to upgrade approximately 6,400 light fixtures, which will reduce our electrical demand by 240 KW and will result in an estimated savings of approximately $65,000 annually.”

Eck said that receiving these grants reflects the campus’ overall energy efficiency.

UIS also operates an extended recycling program and was the first campus in the state to comply with the College Recycling Law, which mandated each public university and community college in Illinois to develop a plan aimed at reducing the amount of solid waste generated on campus by 40 percent.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation focuses on clean energy development and land preservation efforts, working with communities and residents to improve environmental quality in the state. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with preference given to cost-effective projects that achieve significant and permanent reductions in energy use. For more information on clean energy grants, go to www.IllinoisCleanEnergy.org

  

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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