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DOVER, Del. - Delaware State University (DSU) today joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a major step forward in pollution prevention. In a ceremony, at a ceremony at DSU’s Martin Luther King Student Center, DSU signed a memorandum of understanding with EPA, renewing its commitment to energy efficiency. DSU is the first historically black college & university to join EPA’s Energy Star Buildings Partnership.
"We are extremely pleased with Delaware State University’s continued support of one of EPA’s premier partnership programs," said EPA Regional Administrator W. Michael McCabe. "DSU is showing how much they care about protecting our environment by participating in the Energy Star Buildings Partnership."
As part of its existing partnership with EPA’s Green Lights Program, DSU has upgraded over 1 million square feet of its space with energy efficient lighting, cooling, heating, and control systems. These advances are leading to major reductions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which contribute to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Also, these investments have resulted in an annual energy and operational cost savings for DSU of over $648,000. Energy Star upgrades have earned DSU the status of "Honor Society Member," which is EPA’s way of recognizing outstanding accomplishments of school and university partners.
"I’m proud to be part of a program that not only makes economic sense for the university, but protects the environment as well," said David Mosby, assistant vice president for facilities at Delaware State University. He added, "Energy efficient lighting is a great start in restoring our planet’s environmental health, building systems is the next step."
The Energy Star Buildings and Green Lights Partnership, an innovative voluntary program developed by the EPA, aims to reduce pollution by promoting energy efficient lighting and building systems. The program stresses "partnership" with corporations, utilities, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments. Participants promote conversion to energy-efficient technology as a way to reduce electrical usage. The results are financial savings for the partners and less pollution for the planet.
For more information on the Energy Star Buildings and Green Lights Partnership and how to prevent pollution through energy-efficiency, call 215-566-2024.