BOONE—The University of North Carolina System avoided $103 million in utility costs in the 2013-14 academic year, according to Len Hoey, energy engineering manager at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Appalachian’s Utility Savings Initiative (USI) report shows $3,381,913 avoided energy costs in academic year 2013 -2014, slightly more than one quarter of that in decreased water usage. To view that report and find more information about Appalachian’s and the other UNC system campuses’ energy reduction savings and measures visit http://sustain.appstate.edu/university-data.
“The momentum throughout the system, is astounding,” said Ged Moody, director of sustainability at Appalachian State University. “The proactive efforts of University leaders, the enormity of our savings, the active participation of our students — all bode well for the energy future of the university system and the state as a whole.”
Hoey spoke to more than 200 energy professionals from across the state who attended the mid-year meeting of the Appalachian Energy Summit, which was held at UNC Charlotte last month.
Total avoided utility costs system wide since 2002-03 is $499 million, he said. “We are on track with our goal of (saving) $1 billion (in utility costs) by 2020 and $2 billion by 2025.”
In opening comments, William Johnson, assistant vice president for finance and capital planning at UNC General Administration, said, “We are making the business case for renewable energy and need to continue to do so. Not simply because of the savings,” he said, “but because we are doing the right thing. We must continue to go forward. The University of North Carolina system is an economic engine for the state of North Carolina.”