OGDEN -- Weber State University has been recognized again for its work in promoting environmental sustainability.
The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment cited Weber State's commitment to make energy efficiency and sustainable practices a campuswide priority by establishing a unique financial arrangement -- a green revolving fund -- to support a range of projects.
"Weber State is a leading example of how colleges and universities can create ways to finance the introduction of sustainable practices that yield substantial financial and environmental returns," said Anthony D. Cortese, president of Second Nature, the lead supporting organization of the ACUPCC. "The university commitment and creativity sets a benchmark for the rest of the academic community."
The revolving fund allows the university to draw up to $5 million at a time to support energy-conservation projects. The energy savings from these projects is then used to pay back the fund, including modest interest. Once replenished, the fund can be used again to support new projects.
The green fund has already been used to support a three- to five-year program to install 279 solar panels on four major buildings as well as a campuswide initiative to replace all interior and exterior lighting with high-efficiency fluorescents.