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OSU energy program nets $20 million in savings

A program designed to cut energy consumption has saved Oklahoma State University $20 million over the past five years, university officials announced. The program, launched in 2007, relies heavily on behavioral changes by students and university employees.
by Silas Allen Modified: August 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm •  Published: August 3, 2012

OSU's program has been cited as a model for other institutions. In a Jan. 9 letter to the state Regents for Higher Education and presidents of Oklahoma's public colleges and universities, Gov. Mary Fallin asked public colleges and universities statewide to implement plans similar to that of OSU.

Fallin said higher education “accounts for the largest energy consumption in the state,” meaning colleges and universities have a major role to play in cost-cutting efforts.

Later, Fallin signed a bill into law directing all state agencies and higher education institutions to cut their energy costs by at least 20 percent by the year 2020. The measure, which Fallin estimated could save the state up to $500 million over 10 years, took effect this month.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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