There was plenty of green to go around this Earth Day. On April 17, TU became Maryland’s first higher education institution to sign the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge, committing the university to reduce energy in campus buildings by 20% by the year 2020. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan shared the news alongside President Maravene Loeschke at a launch event in front of the West Village Commons.
At the same event, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company CEO Calvin Butler presented A&F staff with a check for $1.7 million in energy incentives earned through the company’s Smart Energy Savers Program. The program has helped TU replace or update nearly 35,000 light fixtures and install 10,000 occupancy sensors in 38 buildings, reducing campus lighting energy consumption by more than 25% or $1 million annually.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of initiatives that will positively impact our environment for years to come,” said TU President Maravene Loeschke. “Our participation in the Better Buildings Challenge and Smart Energy Savers program are already helping to improve energy efficiency on campus.”
Other events surrounding Earth Day included the annual Towson Bike Mosey, wherein bikers take to the streets to encourage drivers to share the road, and EarthFest, which featured a range of sustainability information tables as well as earth-conscious games for food and prizes.
See our own A&F employees accepting the big check in the slideshow above!
By Lindsey Morgan and Pamela Gorsuch