ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 3, 2005) -- Ohio University was awarded a $43,500 grant for the Dairy Lane Eco-House from Cinergy's GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Fund which invests in projects that support Cinergy's commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 5 percent below 2000 levels by 2010 and keep them at that level through 2012.
Cinergy Corp. selected Ohio University for this award because, according to Vice President for Federal Legislative Affairs and Sustainability John Stowell, "As an institution of higher learning, Ohio University's Eco-House presents a tremendous opportunity to promote greater awareness of the need for solutions to the problems created by green house gas emissions among our future leaders."
The purpose of the Eco-House is to create a venue for showcasing leading edge green technologies. The project is intended to educate and encourage students, staff, faculty and the community about how to apply these technologies to conserve energy and reduce GHG emissions in a sustainable manner.
Ohio University established the Eco-House in the spring of 2005. Representatives from several disciplines and departments on campus, as well as community members, local businesses and student organizations were involved in the development of the project.
"We commend Ohio University on their exemplary vision of a green and sustainable world and are pleased to both support and help develop this project," said Rod Husk, vice president Cinergy Solutions. Cinergy Solutions, an affiliate of Cinergy Corp. has enjoyed a long-term partnership with the university. Working together with the university's facilities management team, Cinergy Solutions has helped Ohio University to save $2.5 million in utility costs annually to date and maintain utility costs at 2002 levels despite rising energy costs and the addition of over 350,000 square feet of new building space.
In addition to the Cinergy grant, the Eco-House received a grant from the Ohio Department of Development Office of Energy Efficiency this summer to fund the installation of a photo-voltaic array and solar thermal system. These systems will significantly reduce the Eco-House's dependence on fossil fuel sources for heat and power in the residence.
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