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U-M to celebrate decade as a U.S. Energy Star Partner

The University is celebrating its 10 years as a partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Buildings Program. Staff members from the Energy Management section of the Plant Operations department invite the community to join in a celebration on the Central Campus Diag 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 24. Informational displays will provide details about what has been accomplished during the decade-long partnership. Two licensed mobile food vendors will be on hand to provide free food for those who are willing to test their knowledge of the U-M/Energy Star Partnership with a three-question quiz. (Answers will be in the displays).

"We want to have a little fun celebrating this decade of energy conservation with the EPA at U-M," says Stephen Kunselman, energy conservation and outreach coordinator, Plant Operations.

Ten years ago, U-M signed an agreement with the U.S. EPA that it would " ... implement the energy efficient facility upgrades and practices to prevent the creation of air pollution, solid waste, and other environmental impacts of energy production, distribution, and consumption."

All general fund buildings have completed the Energy Star program, which includes mechanical and lighting system upgrades that help to save energy, prevent pollution and lower operating costs.

"More than 216 energy-efficient projects have been implemented in general fund buildings since we began the partnership in 1997," said Kunselman. "We estimate the annual energy cost savings due to these projects is well over $4.6 million per year!"

In 2004 the EPA recognized University efforts when it named U-M the Energy Star Partner-of-the-Year.

For more information about U-M's energy conservation efforts, visit

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