1997 Energy Star Buildings Partner of the Year

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MU in 1997 was selected from among 1,400 participants for the first U.S. EPA's and U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Star Buildings Partner of the Year Award, an honor for excellence in using energy more efficiently, saving money and improving the environment.

In 1995, MU became a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Buildings Program. As the first Big 12 / Big 10 university member, MU committed to survey its buildings and, where feasible, implement energy efficient lighting retrofits, operational tune-ups, and building system upgrades.

This was the second award to recognize MU's excellence in energy management. MU was honored in 1995 with the Green Lights University Partner of the Year Award for improvements in lighting efficiency. Cost savings from the Energy Star Buildings Program and the Green Lights Program in 1996 totaled $1.5 million.