Saint Mary's College Takes Ecological Action

For Immediate Release
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Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
media@stmarys-ca.edu

MORAGA, Calif. (August 6, 2007) – Saint Mary's College of California has launched the second phase of an energy conservation program designed to reduce electricity usage, and students are actively involved in sustainability efforts on campus and in the community.
Saint Mary's will install more energy-efficient air conditioning units and lighting fixtures, electrical sub-metering on 31 campus buildings, computer power management software, and electronic digital HVAC control systems. Energy savings from these measures will pay for the $2.7 million-dollar project over the next eight years.

In 2004, the campus undertook several energy and water efficiency upgrades that cut its energy use by 9 percent, including installation of high-efficiency lighting, controls for vending machines, water-saving toilets, sewage-flow meters, boiler controllers and window film to prevent cooling loss.

The college is also creating educational programs to increase campus awareness of energy usage and stimulate conservation activities. This summer, all incoming undergraduate students will participate in a reading program examining the scientific, economic, and moral dimensions of global climate change. In late January, Saint Mary's College will host a symposium and Eco-Fair in conjunction with "Focus the Nation," a national event to promote discussion about global warming.

Meanwhile, the student group Project Green has received an $8,650 grant from the Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority to boost recycling in the campus residence halls. Each dorm room will receive a recycling bin and organizers will provide information to students on how to "green" their rooms.

Casey Degolia, a senior majoring in health science, is conducting a greenhouse gas inventory for the town of Moraga in conjunction with ICLEI, a nonprofit group that assists local communities in tracking and reducing their carbon footprint. Degolia will document baseline emissions data for Moraga's public facilities as well as for the overall community, including Saint Mary's College. She will then analyze the costs and benefits of various options for reducing greenhouse gases and present her analysis to the Town Council, which will select a reduction goal based on her work.

For more information on campus sustainability efforts at Saint Mary's College, go to: http://sustainsmc.stmarys-ca.edu/

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Saint Mary's College, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The Christian Brothers, an international Catholic teaching order, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.

Contact

Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
media@stmarys-ca.edu

MORAGA, Calif. (August 6, 2007) – Saint Mary’s College of California has launched the second phase of an energy conservation program designed to reduce electricity usage, and students are actively involved in sustainability efforts on campus and in the community.
Saint Mary’s will install more energy-efficient air conditioning units and lighting fixtures, electrical sub-metering on 31 campus buildings, computer power management software, and electronic digital HVAC control systems. Energy savings from these measures will pay for the $2.7 million-dollar project over the next eight years.

In 2004, the campus undertook several energy and water efficiency upgrades that cut its energy use by 9 percent, including installation of high-efficiency lighting, controls for vending machines, water-saving toilets, sewage-flow meters, boiler controllers and window film to prevent cooling loss.

The college is also creating educational programs to increase campus awareness of energy usage and stimulate conservation activities. This summer, all incoming undergraduate students will participate in a reading program examining the scientific, economic, and moral dimensions of global climate change. In late January, Saint Mary’s College will host a symposium and Eco-Fair in conjunction with “Focus the Nation,” a national event to promote discussion about global warming.

Meanwhile, the student group Project Green has received an $8,650 grant from the Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority to boost recycling in the campus residence halls. Each dorm room will receive a recycling bin and organizers will provide information to students on how to “green” their rooms.

Casey Degolia, a senior majoring in health science, is conducting a greenhouse gas inventory for the town of Moraga in conjunction with ICLEI, a nonprofit group that assists local communities in tracking and reducing their carbon footprint. Degolia will document baseline emissions data for Moraga’s public facilities as well as for the overall community, including Saint Mary’s College. She will then analyze the costs and benefits of various options for reducing greenhouse gases and present her analysis to the Town Council, which will select a reduction goal based on her work.

For more information on campus sustainability efforts at Saint Mary’s College, go to: http://sustainsmc.stmarys-ca.edu/

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Saint Mary’s College, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The Christian Brothers, an international Catholic teaching order, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.

About SMC
The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For nearly 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.