SLU Lands Conservation Grant
November 24, 2009
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund of Jacksonville has
awarded Saint Leo University an $85,550 grant to help expand energy
conservation measures at the main campus in east Pasco County. The
university will begin the grant-related work in January, starting
with the purchase and installation of electrical sub-meters in
individual buildings, including the 12 residence halls, the Student
Community Center, Student Activities Building, and two
administrative buildings. The sub-meters will pinpoint the precise
usage and cost of power at individual buildings––information not
previously available in such detail to campus facilities managers.
This data will help an advisory committee create on-campus
public-information campaigns encouraging specific conservation
Saint Leo University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. noted in the grant application that Saint Leo already has several conservation programs that have reduced water usage and food waste, and replaced incandescent lights with more efficient lights. The university considers the new duPont grant an opportunity to expand on its previous efforts, “while also offering educational opportunities to make our students better citizens who live the value of responsible stewardship,' Kirk wrote.
Saint Leo will share the knowledge it gains with fellow members of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida and other interested institutions.