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Sustainability on Campus

Posted By NAEP, Friday, March 04, 2016

Michigan State Applies Organic-Based Liquid to Combat Ice and Snow
In contrast to traditional salting methods alone, Michigan State University uses an organic-based liquid deicer to melt ice and snow on campus. Derived from beet juice, this substance cuts down on harmful chlorides that would eventually make their way to a nearby river. The organic deicer is more effective under colder weather conditions than traditional salt because it melts the snow and ice at lower temperatures.

Harvard Chooses to Be a Chemical Flame-Retardant-Free Campus
In November 2015, Harvard became the first university in the nation to sign a pledge stating their preference for purchasing furniture that is manufactured without the use of toxic chemical flame retardants. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency there are more than 80,000 chemicals in use today. Most are unregulated and only some have undergone sufficient health testing.

$41M in Cost Avoidance Anticipated for Urbana College of Engineering through Energy Conservation
A set of energy conservation projects on the Urbana campus is expected to result in  $41M in cost avoidance over the next 20 years and reduce the campus deferred maintenance backlog by an estimated $25M. Projects will include the installation of new HVAC equipment, direct digital controls, fume hoods, heat recovery systems, and occupancy sensors. Substantial completion is expected by July 2018.

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