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Oct. 19, 2009

UI makes Buildings magazine's 'Who's Who 2009' list

University of Iowa Facilities Management is one of 12 organizations, and the only one at a university, named to Buildings magazine's "Who's Who 2009: Leaders in Energy Management and Sustainability" list in the September 2009 issue. The organizations were chosen for their best practices in energy management and sustainability resulting in significant reductions in energy usage and operating costs.

This is the fifth year in a row that UI Facilities Management has been named to Buildings' "Who's Who" list and its fourth appearance as the sole university-based organization. The UI was also the only university recognized recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the Top 20 On-site Green Power Users with a rank of 15th in the nation (July 2009).

The UI practices sustainable energy management technologies and practices such as burning oat hulls in place of coal at the main power plant to reduce carbon emissions and joining the Chicago Climate Exchange.

Additional initiatives include exploring new sources of biomass and renewable energy, creating a team of Energy Hawks to identify opportunities for energy efficiency improvements in general education funded buildings, and the commitment to the UI Energy Plan goal of 10 percent energy reduction and 15 percent overall renewable energy use by 2010.

In addition, all new buildings and major renovations will be built to meet LEED Silver certification criteria at a minimum. The UI recently established a Certificate in Sustainability and has ongoing programs in recycling and composting, green purchasing and alternative transportation. The UI is an EPA Energy Star Partner, an EPA CHP (Combined Heat and Power) Partner and an EPA Green Power Partner.

UI Facilities Management provides a range of services including building care and landscaping, campus master planning and project management, and utilities and energy management. To read more about Facilities Management's commitment to energy management and renewable energy, visit http://www.facilities.uiowa.edu/

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Wendy Moorehead, Facilities Management, 319-335-1246, wendy-moorehead@uiowa.edu; Charles S. Drum, University Relations, 319-384-0048, charles-drum@uiowa.edu.