Campus: SAN BERNARDINO -- July 18, 2006

CSUSB Wins State Award For Energy Education Awareness Program

Citing its commitment to energy awareness and conservation, the state of California has honored Cal State San Bernardino with its "Flex Your Power" Award for its efforts at making students more energy savvy.

The award was accepted on behalf of the university by Tony Simpson, director of the university's facilities services department, on June 30 during the statewide 2006 Energy Summit held in Los Angeles at the Marriott Hotel.

Cal State San Bernardino was recognized in the Education and Leadership category. The university's program was designed to help students increase their energy awareness under the Green Campus Pilot Program. As part of the program, students equipped rooms with compact fluorescent lamps and ENERGY STAR appliances to demonstrate savings.

"This award is a tribute to the hard work of our Green Campus program staff and students not only for teaching the university about energy usage and conservation, but in implementing energy saving lights and appliances, which will help Cal State San Bernardino become more energy efficient," Simpson said.

Cal State San Bernardino joined 35 other recipients of the Fourth Annual Flex Your Power Awards. From more than 250 applicants, 35 organizations were selected for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency in five categories: best overall, energy efficiency, demand response, education and leadership, and innovative products and services.

Flex Your Power is California's statewide energy efficiency marketing and outreach campaign. Initiated in 2001, the program is a partnership of California's utilities, residents, businesses, institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations working to save energy. The campaign includes retail promotions, a comprehensive Web site, an electronic newsletter, educational materials and advertising. The program has received national and international recognition, including an ENERGY STAR Award for excellence.

Energy conservation and efficiency is a priority with the 23-campus California State University. In 2004-05, the CSU system saved nearly 11.3 million kilowatt-hours and 279,000 therms of natural gas across its campuses.

By 2010, the CSU aims to reduce total energy consumption by 15 percent and, starting in 2006, new projects will outperform California's energy standards by at least 10 percent.

For more information, contact the university's public affairs office at (909) 537-5007 and visit http://news.csusb.edu.


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