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Kent State Stark Approved for Funding to “Green” the CampusPosted May. 3, 2010
On April 19, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) announced that Kent State University at Stark in Jackson Township was approved to receive approximately $1.3 million in financing assistance for improvements to ensure that the campus will make energy conservation a priority.
The approval is in response to the Stark Campus portion of an Energy Conservation Master Plan, adopted by Kent State University in 2008, to meet energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of 20 percent by 2014, as targeted by State House Bill 251. The bond financed monies will be used for a long list of energy-efficient and conservation upgrades, including lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades and kitchen ventilation improvements, according to Stark Campus Sr. Facility Manager Brent Wood.
OAQDA approved a portion of the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds that were allocated to Ohio, along with additional low-cost bond notes to provide the financial backing, allowing the campus to make improvements immediately and re-pay the bonds using energy cost savings. The measures in Kent State Stark’s plan will result in annual savings of $182,000, recouping their investment over a 10-year period, essentially providing the campus upgrades at no cost.
Once all of the upgrades are completed, Kent State Stark will exceed the state’s requirements in HB 251. “We have made great strides in our efforts to conserve energy and promote the many facets of sustainability on our campus. With Governor Strickland’s support of the financing, these additional improvements will reduce Kent State Stark’s energy consumption by 37 percent,” says Wood.
Kent State Stark’s energy conservation plan includes lighting retrofits, vending machine controls, HVAC upgrades, kitchen hood ventilation controls for The University Center and Emporium, high-velocity hand air-dryers and motion-controlled exhausts in restrooms, sensor-controlled ventilation in classrooms, building automation enhancements, retro-commissioning, variable air volume terminal controls and educational programming on energy use behavior. The project will result in approximate annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of 2,320 tons of carbon dioxide, 22 tons of sulfur dioxide and 4.35 tons of nitrogen oxide, which are equivalent to removing 308 cars from the road.
Mark R. Shanahan, OAQDA executive director and the governor’s energy adviser says, “Gov. Ted Strickland is committed to making Ohio a 21st-century leader in advanced energy, and a key part of that commitment focuses on the need for consumers, businesses and public institutions to use energy more wisely while striving to reduce hazardous emissions into the air.”