American University is recognized for its commitment to improve campus-wide energy efficiency
July 15, 2013 (Washington, DC) - Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has recognized American University (AU) as a 2013 Business Leader in Energy Efficiency. Nominated by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU), AU was honored for its green building policies and continued efforts to advance campus-wide energy efficiency.
With assistance from the DC SEU, AU completed a major lighting retrofit to modernize Bender Arena, home to the university's NCAA athletics programs and host to commencement exercises, concerts, and world renowned speakers. The improved lighting and controls in Bender Arena cut energy use by more than 350 MWh per year and reduce the cooling necessary when the gym is in use for a total of more than $50,000 in annual cost savings.