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Georgian Court University Named ENERGY STAR Partner

EPA Program Underscores Need for Improving Energy Efficiency

Lakewood, N.J., June 9, 2011—Georgian Court University has joined EPA’s ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR partner. GCU, through its voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program, is committed to improving energy efficiency and fighting climate change through a variety of energy management strategies that ultimately help protect and preserve the environment for future generations.

“Georgian Court University is pleased to become an ENERGY STAR partner,” said GCU President Rosemary E. Jeffries, RSM, Ph.D. "This partnership, among our many other efforts, speaks to our commitment to environmental stewardship and our commitment to lower our energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of our campus buildings.”

In partnership with ENERGY STAR, Georgian Court will continue to measure and track the energy performance of campus facilities while developing and implementing plans consistent with the ENERGY STAR Energy Management Guidelines for energy savings. The university is also committed to supporting the ENERGY STAR Challenge, a national call to action to help improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the boardroom, ENERGY STAR partners are leading the way by making the buildings where we work, play, and learn more efficient.”

Sustainability is a chief concern at Georgian Court. Earlier this year the university installed 1,639 solar panels that produce 400kWh of energy and provide about 15 percent of the energy needed to heat and cool GCU’s Arts and Science Center, the campus library complex, and the university’s LEED Gold-certified Wellness Center.

In April, the EPA named GCU a 2010–2011 Individual Conference Champion for the Green Power Challenge. GCU, which used more green power than any other school in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), purchases 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including wind and biomass energy.

The university’s commitment to promoting sustainable choices extends into the classroom, too. For years, professors have explored environmental issues in courses ranging from sociology to chemistry, and beginning this fall, GCU students can minor in sustainability. The new program gives students a unique opportunity to focus on sustainability as it relates to contemporary economics, globalization, consumerism, and environmental science.

“At GCU, we understand that sustainability goes beyond saving money and bringing the earth into balance. It’s asking what we will do to achieve that balance,” said President Jeffries. “It’s a new way of thinking about how we live and the choices we make. Sustainability is integrated into our curriculum, it’s reflected in our commitment, and it shows in how we serve our students.”

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $18 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 34 million vehicles. More information about the ENERGY STAR program is at www.energystar.gov/buildings.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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