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Idling Your Car

On cold mornings, it is tempting to go out and "warm up" your vehicle before driving to work. But did you know that idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds can use more fuel than restarting your engine, and that idling your vehicle for 10 minutes uses as much fuel as it takes to travel five miles? Idling can be a waste of natural resources, generate excessive noise and be a cause of air pollution that can be harmful to children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems. Several states, such as Massachusetts, have car idling laws under which a person can be fined as much as $500 if he or she idles a vehicle for more than five minutes unless it is an emergency situation or stuck in traffic. So help us all breathe a little easier and keep idling down to a bare minimum.

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Campus Cooling Plant Addition

Campus Cooling Plant Addition

A new building project is underway on campus. It has not received the attention of the new University Center Replacement or the Law School Downtown, but it has the potential of being a great benefit to the University as well as providing the University with on-going energy savings that helps with the "greening" of the University.

The construction, a new addition to the campus cooling plant, located at the corner of Herzog and Veterans Avenue, will contain state of the art equipment to provide better, more efficient cooling to campus buildings. The new technology provides for a computer driven pumping system supplying variable flow throughout the campus. Basically, this means we will be able to provide cooling only to the buildings that need it and will not be wasting energy by pumping large amounts of cooling water through the miles of piping around campus.

When completed in the spring of 2008, we anticipate savings from this project to be in excess of $200,000 annually. The overall cost of the project is 3.7 million dollars which is funded by the State Capital Maintenance Fund.

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