Mark Richter, vice president for Institutional Advancement, and Judy Roy, vice president for finance and administration, pose with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (center).
June 2, 2010
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Indiana Tech has been awarded a $46,884 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to install new lighting in the Schaefer Center.
The EECBG program is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy and administered in Indiana by the Indiana Office of Energy Development.
In the Schaefer Center project, 96 lighting units totaling 27,566 watts in the main gym and on the track will be replaced with LED lights totaling 7,184 watts. The change is expected to reduce energy usage by about 102,000 kilowatts per year and reduce costs by about $7,800 per year.
Total cost of the project is expected to be $93,768, and Indiana Tech will match the grant funds to reach the total.
The project is the latest in a series of efforts by Indiana Tech to become more energy efficient. The university is near completion of a $3 million renovation of its administration center which will utilize several energy efficient design concepts, materials, and technologies with a goal of achieving LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Level Certification. As part of that project, the university is installing an innovative geothermal heating and cooling system. The university offers a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering, and students in that program will participate in research involving the geothermal system and administration center.
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