April 5-7 sees the Clinton Global Initiative University coming to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is expected to draw a large crowd of students from all over the country and even around the world to the city for those three days. The issues that will be addressed are: public health, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, education, and environment and climate change. For more information on the Clinton Global Initiative University, hosted by the former president Bill Clinton, you can visit its website.

washington university in st louisTo prepare for the event, Washington University is taking steps to create a campus this is more environmentally friendly in the long-run. This effort will take place over the next half decade and beyond and it will be implemented on the Danforth and Medical School campuses. This will include conservation projects that involve replacing lighting throughout the buildings and making their HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems more efficient and less harmful to the environment. The school will be renting more than a few St. Louis dumpster rentals during this renovation process.

Washington University has already been achieving great work since 1990 to further reduce that energy consumption. They have so far saved $109 million dollars in energy costs since that date. This new initiative will cost $30 million dollars but is expected to pay for itself in under a decade. Washington University hopes that by 2020 they have seen a reduction of 22 percent on their greenhouse gas emissions. To view the plan more fully, you can find more information here.

Henry S. Webber, the executive vice chancellor for administration and chair of the Energy Reduction Committee at Washington University, says quote, “We now have a roadmap to guide us to a significant reduction in energy use at Washington University. We anticipate that the emission reductions resulting from the acceleration of our energy projects will not only meet the energy goal of our Strategic Plan for Environmentally Sustainable Operations, but it also will direct resources from energy use to meet our expanding education, research and patient care needs.”

Schools around the country are getting involved in making their campus a place that is more environmentally friendly. They are working on projects such as this while also working with their waste consumption and disposal practices to help the effort. Hopefully there will be less refuse and lighting and debris tossed into dumpsters in St. Louis and all over the United States in the coming years. It is a fight we can win and one that has an easy solution when it comes to making a significant change.

Story Via Washington University and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Photo Via Baili Min