Lynn University prepares to dedicate new Central Energy Plant
Published Jan. 29, 2014
Lynn University is preparing to dedicate its new Central Energy Plant located on the school’s campus. Once complete, the plant will be the key component of Lynn’s comprehensive $10.7 million energy efficiency program, which is the largest single-phase university project of its kind in Florida.
The ribbon cutting will take place Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. President Kevin Ross will be speaking along with a representative from Siemens. The doors to the plant will be open for viewing.
Lynn University partnered with Siemens to complete the project, and after it is completed, Lynn is expecting to trim more than 33 percent off its annual utility spending by reducing the consumption of electricity by at least 30 percent, water by 32 percent and natural gas by 20 percent.
“This is a long-term strategy to limit our consumption of precious resources, which will help protect our environment and result in great savings for our university,” said Lynn President Kevin M. Ross. “We no longer have to pass on those costs to our students, and this program is fundamentally changing how we use our natural resources on campus.”
The plant is a strategic piece of Lynn’s Going Green efforts, which are focused on improvement in five major areas.
- Community and education
- Energy and transportation
- Landscape and ecology
- Materials and waste
Since the Going Green initiative began, Lynn University has broken ground on the construction of a new International Business Center. This building is targeting LEED Platinum certification, which is the highest award for “green” structures. The building’s green design features will:
- Take advantage of natural sunlight as a lighting source
- Harvest rainwater
- Offer two recycling stations for trash disposal
See photos of the plant under construction on Flickr.