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Physical Facilities Dept. earns EPA honors
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University's physical facilities department has received an Honor Society award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA congratulated Michael D. Smith, energy management engineer at Miami, for outstanding performance in preventing pollution through energy efficiency.
Smith and staff are in the process of upgrading many buildings on campus to be as energy efficient as possible.
"Whenever use you use utilites, you create pollution," explains Smith. "But if you use the most energy efficient technology available, you save money and reduce pollution."
For example, Miami spent about $462,000 to switch to energy efficient lighting, insulate ceilings, upgrade some of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, caulk windows and cracks and add sweeps on doors to keep outdoor air outside in Upham and Harrison Halls.
With approximate energy savings of $76,000 per year on the two buildings, Miami will reclaim the cost in less than seven years, Smith said.