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AEP Ohio recognizes Malone University for campus energy efficiency

April 22, 2013 | Release # 6589

Malone University's director of physical plant, Jim Palone, was recently notified that - for the second consecutive year - the University was awarded a certificate of recognition from AEP Ohio for a completed energy efficiency project as part of the company's Business Incentives Program.

This year alone, the Malone initiative will reduce energy use by 146,588 kWh, or 123.13 tons of CO2 annually – the equivalent of removing 23.27 cars from the road per year.

That is in comparison to the University's results a year ago, which amounted to a reduction of 36,048 kWh, or 30.8 tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking five cars off the road.

In 2011, Malone reduced energy use through a gym lighting retrofit project along with other light fixture conversions that replaced forty 375 watt metal halide light fixtures with forty T8 florescent fixtures.

Palone explained the further improvements this year, "Malone University maintenance staff, along with a local electrical contractor, aggressively pursued completion of multiple building lighting retrofit projects and occupancy sensor installations during the summer of 2012," he explained. "Kris Vincent, maintenance supervisor, led the maintenance staff as they completed over 2300 light bulb conversions, T12 to T8 and nearly 1200 electronic ballast installations, along with the installation of 52 occupancy sensors at the Johnson Center."

In addition, the university also ramped up its recycling program, with the offering of deskside recycling, whereby a second waste container is provided for recycled paper. Of the 312.5 tons of all disposed material (recycled and non-recycled), 30.5 tons of all paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, and scrap metal – or roughly 10% of all waste generated at the University -- is recycled.

Broken down by type, it looks like this:

Recycled Paper = 14 Tons

Recycled Plastic/Glass/Alum = 4 Tons

Recycled Scrap Metal = 12.5 Tons

In addition to the 200 plus deskside containers, Malone provides opportunities to recycle campus wide with recycling containers in all buildings and residence halls. According to Palone, "Russ Thorn, grounds & service supervisor, heads up the team responsible for collecting all of the recycled materials on campus."

AEP expressed its gratitude to Malone University for its commitment to energy efficiency and the environment by participating in AEP's Ohio's savings incentives program for business in a statement recognizing the University for exhibiting leadership in environmental awareness and sustainability as an early adopter of energy efficiency and environmentalism. Palone wished to also express his gratitude to all who contributed to the recycling program and challenge each department to keep the momentum going in the coming year.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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