Eastern Washington University Named Seahawks’ Week Six Champion of Sustainability

Longstanding commitment by students, staff, faculty and administrators to be recognized during the Oct. 16 Seahawks home game at CenturyLink Field

SPOKANE, Wash. — (October 13, 2016) McKinstry, a full-service, design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) firm that specializes in energy and facility services, has named Eastern Washington University its week six Seahawks Champion of Sustainability for the university’s commitment to energy and water conservation, waste reduction and sustainability curriculum.

In partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, the annual Champions of Sustainability program recognizes organizations during each regular-season home game that exhibit a forward-looking approach to innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment, which accounts for one-third of the world’s energy usage and more than 15 percent of carbon emissions.

“Eastern Washington University has a long history of investing in infrastructure and operational efficiency, and has raised the bar for sustainability on the modern college campus,” said Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry. “We look forward to celebrating EWU’s achievements as community stewards.

Eastern Washington University signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007, agreeing to report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, take action to drastically reduce these emissions and move towards carbon neutrality. The university aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.

McKinstry first partnered with EWU in 2001, completing energy audits across 16 campus buildings to identify opportunities for saving energy, curbing emissions and cutting costs.

Since then, EWU has completed numerous energy-efficiency retrofits. The result of the combined projects deliver annual utility and operational savings of more than $400,000, and has vastly improved EWU’s infrastructure and sustainability profile.

Enhancements include:

  • Replacing the existing HVAC system in the Aquatics Building with an energy-efficient dehumidification system, and installing a more efficient pool pump, improved lighting throughout the building, repairing and painting the natatorium roof and associated trusses, installing new pool liner and refitting the steam station with new steam valves.
  • Upgrading HVAC systems, controls and lighting systems across a host of campus buildings
  • Replacing a 750-ton cooling tower with a new 1,000 open-circuit, induced-draft cooling tower

In addition to these capital improvements, EWU has implemented a host of behavior programs aimed at improving energy efficiency while reducing GHG emissions on campus. Sustainability is also being implemented in the university’s curriculum.

Five years ago, EWU began a compost collection pilot program aimed at diverting food waste to the Barr-Tech composting facility. To reduce EWU’s carbon footprint and promote healthy eating and learning, a campus garden was established in 2011 by students and faculty. Food harvested from the garden is brought to campus chefs for the whole community to enjoy.

EWU’s recycling department actively educates the university community on sustainability practices, promoting programs such as self-service recycling, energy conservation and sustainable foods—in partnership with the Sustainable Food Project student group.

And the installation of the artificial red turf on Roos Field has significantly reduced irrigation needs.

In the coming years, these projects will continue to yield quantifiable reductions in GHG emissions and improvements in energy efficiency. Continuing stakeholder involvement will aid the EWU’s progress toward a sustainable, carbon-neutral campus that instills environmental responsibility as a core value among students, faculty and administrators.

About McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program

McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program is part of the Defend Your Turf campaign. The campaign is a four-pronged approach to sustainable water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community involvement within CenturyLink Field and Event Center as well as in terms of its impact on the city. For further information on the Defend Your Turf campaign, please visit, www.centurylinkfield.com/defendyourturf.

Over the past decade, McKinstry has implemented a number of facility-wide energy conservation initiatives at CenturyLink Field and Event Center, including the installation of one of the largest solar arrays in the state of Washington, mechanical system upgrades, high-efficiency lighting and ultra-low-flow water fixtures. These upgrades make the stadium a national model for sustainable sporting facilities. McKinstry and the Seahawks developed the annual Champions of Sustainability program to celebrate clients who have committed to similar green standards in the built environment.

About McKinstry

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