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UM-Flint acknowledged for green energy use

Written by Staff. Posted in Flint LEO

FLINT, Mich., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As a result of its outstanding support for renewable energy in Michigan, the University of Michigan-Flint has been named "Green Generation Customer of the Year" by Consumers Energy.  

The University of Michigan-Flint has purchased over 2 million kilowatt-hours of Michigan-based renewable energy since joining the Green Generation program in 2006.  This purchase brings its commitment to renewable energy to a level representing 3 percent of its total annual electric consumption.

"We commend the University of Michigan-Flint for demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability through its leadership enrollment in the Green Generation program," said Jim Szymusiak, Consumers Energy's executive manager of business customer operations.  "This campus is living up to its motto -- 'Go Blue! Live greener.' -- by modeling environmental responsibility to students, faculty, staff and the community."  

"We are very pleased to receive this award for our participation in Consumers Energy's Green Generation program. We joined the program shortly after it started because of our commitment to doing what we believe is right for the environment," said UM-Flint Chancellor Ruth J. Person. "In the past three years, we have spent $2.5 million on 24 major projects that have either been completed or are in the process of being finished that are aimed at saving energy and other resources.  We are proud of our efforts to both maintain and expand the greening of the Blue."

Bill Webb, the assistant vice chancellor for business and finance, commended students, faculty and staff for their environmental efforts. "We take our efforts to make and keep this campus green very seriously.  We have some great students, faculty and staff who have taken a personal interest to make this an environmentally friendly campus.  What we are doing is not only good for the environment, but it's great for our bottom line."

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