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6.05.2008

Marine Lab Goes Green

The FSU Coastal and Marine Lab is going greener. Announced in their recent newsletter, an energy audit revealed that an overpowered seawater system that accounted for half of the Lab's energy use, delivering water at a rate far faster than necessary. The solution? Install control systems to bring pumping rates in line with user needs and thereby reduce energy use while increasing water quality.

According to Dennis Bailey, Associate Vice President of Facilities, the lab also reduced the number of lights in use, installed motion sensors, and replaced worn heat and air systems and appliances with those rated for high energy efficiency. This year, the Lab will start the conversion to solar water heating.

Future plans include incorporating environmentally friendly designs that meet the green standards of the Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system into all building upgrades and expansions.

The Lab hopes to become a model for the use of renewable resources of sun and wind.

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