WVU Walking the Talk on Energy Sustainability

Charleston Daily Mail
September 18, 2011

The West Virginia Board of Governors recently approved $9.5 million in spending to make the buildings on the WVU campus more eco-friendly. Improvements will be made at Stewart Hall, Wise Library, Arnold Hall, Potomac State College and the Health Sciences Center at Charleston, among other buildings. The work is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2012. According to WVU Director of Maintenance Dan Olthaus, the carbon dioxide emission reduction from these projects is the equivalent of removing 4,500 cars from the road or planting 175 trees. The upgrades are expected to save the university $769,000 annually, which provides the “revenue stream” to pay for the improvements. The University has a performance-based contract with Siemens Building Technologies which, since it was signed in 2006, has produced savings of more than $2.8 million in energy costs.