OSU opens five new buildings without increasing utilities

Oklahoma State University has been able to open five new buildings without increases utility costs because of its energy conservation program.

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 18, 2010 at 12:05 am •  Published: June 18, 2010
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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University's energy conservation program has yielded impressive results over the past year, officials said.

Multimillion dollar energy savings have enabled the university to open five new buildings on the Stillwater campus without increasing the overall maintenance and operations budget.

"This is a testimony to the school's priority to contain costs while still moving forward with significant new facility construction on the campus,” OSU President Burns Hargis said.

"Our energy conservation program is a tremendous example of our cost containment priorities at OSU,” Hargis said. "The $3.3 million in energy savings we have realized over the first nine months of our fiscal year have allowed us to open these facilities — over 320,000 square feet — without increasing our monthly utility budget a single penny.

"In simple terms, the monthly savings from our energy program offset the additional monthly utility costs of these new buildings.”