University of Iowa News Release
Aug. 25, 2004
University Of Iowa Launches Budget-Saving Energy Conservation Program
The University of Iowa is launching an energy conservation program to help
university faculty, staff, and students reduce energy expenditures paid through
the General Education Fund. The program is designed to help answer a $250,000
reduction in the utilities budget for FY2005.
The budget reduction was a part of an overall $2 million cut in the General
Education Fund, which was implemented following a UI task force's recommendations
on reducing the GEF budget by $12 million over a three-year period. UI
President David Skorton announced in June that reducing energy expenditures
was among many necessary responses to lowered state allocations to the
The university is confident that the $250,000 savings in energy costs can
be realized by turning off unnecessary lights and equipment, and by turning
off computer monitors, printers and other office equipment overnight and
We need to work together to do what we can. Every GEF dollar realized by
the energy conservation program is a dollar that doesn't have to come out
of other programs," says Don Guckert, associate vice president and
director for facilities management. "While each item may only reduce
costs by pennies, when you multiply that by the number of items and number
of hours, we can save a lot of energy dollars."
In the weeks and months ahead, UI staff, faculty, and students will start
to see signs reminding you to turn off equipment and lights when not needed.
This includes classroom and conference room lights, task and office lights,
coffee makers, computer monitors, printers, photocopy machines and any other
equipment that uses electricity.
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