Spurlock wins AAM national sustainability award
- Post Date: 6/11/2020
- Author: John Holton
- Reading Time: 2 minute read
The Spurlock Museum is thrilled to announce that we won the American Alliance of Museums 2020 Sustainability Excellence Award (external link)!
This national award recognizes Spurlock’s commitment to energy conservation; over the past ten years, we have saved $750,000 in energy costs. Using limited donor and endowment funds, we started small by monitoring room temperatures and replacing lights. Next, we used the University’s Revolving Loan Fund (external link) and Energy and Conservation Incentive Programs (external link) to evaluate our energy usage and then used the findings to modify our building systems for increased energy efficiency.
Since 2010, we have upgraded our building’s heating, ventilation and cooling systems (HVAC), improved our steam pipe insulation, and switched our lights to energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). We continue to look for ways to conserve energy, save costs, and support the campus Illinois Climate Action Plan (external link).
We are deeply grateful to University Facilities and Services (external link) for their help, especially the Retrocommissioning Team (external link), Recommissioning Team (external link), and Electricians. Their combined expertise, collaboration, and efforts made this achievement possible.
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