Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- June 28, 2001

Cal Poly Pomona Launches Incentive Program To Conserve Energy Campus-Wide

Cal Poly Pomona hopes a new campus-wide energy conservation incentive program will spur innovative ways to save energy. The university's Facilities Planning & Management department created the program, which offers rebates and financial returns to colleges and departments that actively decrease power consumption. The enticement? Each quarter the top three colleges/departments that conserve the most as compared to the same period last year will earn a rebate equivalent to as much as 75 percent of the savings realized through their efforts.

Additional incentive programs include rebates up to $500 on the cost of purchasing flat screen Energy-Star LCD computer monitors as well as rebates involving the replacement or recycling of inefficient and outdated state-owned equipment such as refrigerators/freezers, microwaves and toaster ovens.

"We've already had a lot of people call expressing interest in what we're doing," said Harmick Marcarian, associate director for Facilities Management. "We've had a very positive response from people who are willing to help with this effort."

He added many of the departments are already conserving energy by turning off lights in the bathrooms and hallways and replacing their light fixtures with the fluorescent bulbs. The incentive programs are effective as of July 1.

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