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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 20, 2013

Northwest cuts energy consumption by 26 percent in December

The overwhelming response by Northwest Missouri State University employees and students to a renewed effort to curtail energy usage resulted in more than $60,000 savings during the month of December.

Prior to its winter break, Northwest asked students and employees to reduce campus energy use by taking simple actions such as lowering thermostats and turning off and unplugging items not in use.

The response and additional conservation measures taken by Northwest Facility Services personnel led to electricity consumption in December dropping 17 percent from the previous year, and heating fuels consumption was down more than 30 percent, amounting to a total BTU reduction of 26 percent.

“With more than 2 million square feet in campus facilities and thousands of people on campus daily, individual efforts add up to big impacts,” Northwest Energy Manager Dan Boyt said. “These measures help Northwest keep operating costs down and contribute to our broader environmental stewardship efforts.”

An energy policy recently adopted by the University promises to further curb energy waste by establishing standards for scheduling and temperature setpoints across campus. The policy also includes energy saving tips, contact information and occupant responsibilities such as keeping windows closed while heating or cooling systems are running. Northwest’s energy policy can be viewed by clicking here.

The energy curtailment efforts and policy stem from Northwest’s renewed facility services management contract with Aramark Higher Education and continues the University’s long-standing commitment to sustainability. Through the partnership, Northwest and Aramark are developing and implementing a program to improve energy efficiency and focus on energy consumption reduction strategies across the campus. The energy program is anticipated to yield annual utility savings of more than $300,000.

For more information about the Northwest energy policy, contact Boyt at 660.562.1182 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468