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WVU Parkersburg continues to make campus ’green’

Jul. 21, 2011 @ 09:12 AM

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University at Parkersburg is continuing to turn its campus “green.”


The university is spending $3 million to install equipment to limit the use of natural gas, electricity and water. By changing out the toilets, sinks and urinals, the college went from using 1.5 million gallons of water each year to just a half million.


WVU Parkersburg director of facilities Dave White says the school is paying for the upgrades in installments of $260,000 per year for 12 years. Given that the improvements are expected to save the school about $350,000 per year, he says the changes pay for themselves.


The college also has switched to recycled paper towels, toilet tissue and flooring and has used $59,000 in federal grants to install 500 recycling bins around campus.