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November 16, 2011
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MN Power to Present $18,183 Energy Rebate Check to UMD

UMD Doctoral StudentsIanni Hall
UMD's Commitment to Sustainability to be Recognized

Who: Chancellor Lendley C. Black
What: Minnesota Power Rebate Check
When: Tuesday, November 22 at 9 a.m.
Where: UMD Ianni Residence Hall
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Since construction was completed last August, UMD's new Ianni Residence Hall has already saved energy and money, thanks to UMD's continued emphasis on sustainability. In the case of Ianni Residence Hall, with the capacity for 280 residents, equipment was installed that would save energy and be good for the environment.

In recognition of UMD's efforts, Minnesota Power's Manager of Energy Efficiency programs Tina Koecher will present UMD Chancellor Lendley C. Black with an $18,183 energy rebate check, awarded through Minnesota Power's Power of One conservation program.
"The long-standing combined efforts of UMD's housing and planning committee along with Minnesota Power's energy professionals and rebate program have led to these savings," said Koecher. "We are looking forward to presenting this check to UMD and recognizing its continued leadership in sustainability. Whether it's through efficiency improvements like this project or their annual Brighter UMD event, they continue to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and we're glad to be a part of it."
By installing energy-efficient equipment with specific lighting controls, premium motors, variable frequency drives, and energy recovery systems, the residence hall has made a strong statement about integrating sustainable practices across campus. In addition, the building has a well-insulated building envelope, double-paned windows, and elevators that do not require machine rooms. These energy efficient features use less space and eliminate hazardous elevator fluids. The building's low-flow shower-heads, faucets and toilets reduce water consumption by 38 percent. And more than 20 percent of building materials were sourced locally, creating jobs and reducing the energy consumption associated with long-distance shipping.

"Ianni Hall is entering the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification process to continue UMD's sustainability efforts," said John Weiske, departmental director for UMD Housing. "We are improving operations, lowering our carbon footprint through development measures, and continuing UMD's commitment to reduce energy use."

Ianni Hall is estimated to save over 470,000 kilowatt-hours annually in electricity, helping the campus avoid annual emissions of over 340 metric tons of greenhouse gas.

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