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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 25, 2004

University Of Iowa Launches Budget-Saving Energy Conservation Program

The University of Iowa is launching an energy conservation program to help university faculty, staff, and students reduce energy expenditures paid through the General Education Fund. The program is designed to help answer a $250,000 reduction in the utilities budget for FY2005.

The budget reduction was a part of an overall $2 million cut in the General Education Fund, which was implemented following a UI task force's recommendations on reducing the GEF budget by $12 million over a three-year period. UI President David Skorton announced in June that reducing energy expenditures was among many necessary responses to lowered state allocations to the campus.

The university is confident that the $250,000 savings in energy costs can be realized by turning off unnecessary lights and equipment, and by turning off computer monitors, printers and other office equipment overnight and on weekends.

" We need to work together to do what we can. Every GEF dollar realized by the energy conservation program is a dollar that doesn't have to come out of other programs," says Don Guckert, associate vice president and director for facilities management. "While each item may only reduce costs by pennies, when you multiply that by the number of items and number of hours, we can save a lot of energy dollars."

In the weeks and months ahead, UI staff, faculty, and students will start to see signs reminding you to turn off equipment and lights when not needed. This includes classroom and conference room lights, task and office lights, coffee makers, computer monitors, printers, photocopy machines and any other equipment that uses electricity.

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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