Earlier this week, Towson University received a rebate check from the utility company Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) for its participation in the Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Building Challenge. At a press conference on the afternoon of Thursday, April 17, school officials received $1.7 million in rebates for the university's commitment to reducing its power consumption.
Attending the event was DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan and BGE CEO Calvin Butler Jr. Towson was recognized for a slew of accomplishments, including having nearly 40,000 new energy-efficient light fixtures installed across the campus. Along with 10,000 motion censors, the school is set to save $1 million annually in power expenses.
At the press conference, Hogan praised the work the school was doing through BGE and the DOE, saying that the school will now be a model for those residents and businesses that are looking to reduce their own energy consumption. Towson has pledged to cut down on its energy emissions by 20 percent by the end of the decade through the Better Building program.
"Towson is a leader not just here in Maryland, but across the country, and our exciting announcement today is just another example of how this great university is setting the standard for other educational institutions and commercial and business customers around the world," Butler told the reporters in attendance.
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