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Going Green Saves CSULB Money, Wins Honors

Investing in power monitoring and controls that save CSULB money on electrical usage earned the campus the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Award in the Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx) category at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

The award specifically recognized actions on the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music complex as well as additional work in four other buildings. Since 2010, these efforts saved more than 670,000 kilowatts and more than $80,000, said Paul Wingco, CSULB’s energy and sustainability manager.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Green Building Council granted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status to CSULB’s Horn Center for incorporating environmentally friendly operations and maintenance procedures. The center also is CSULB’s first Energy Star building, consuming 40 percent less energy than comparable buildings.