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Talking Points

Remarks by Samantha Phillips Beers, Esq.,
EPA Mid-Atlantic Region Director, Office of Enforcement, Compliance 
and Environmental Justice, 
to the Federal Relations Committee of the 
American Association of Universities,
July 14, 1999, Washington, D.C.

To help you understand some of the key issues, today,
I will talk about:

Why EPA is focusing on higher education facilities:

How EPA is focusing on higher education facilities:

Goal is to educate while determining level of compliance and deterring violations.

What you can do to create a culture for environmental responsibility:

If you find environmental problems, consider self-disclosing:

If EPA finds the violations and assesses penalties, you have fewer options:

Another way to improve environmental performance is to participate in voluntary environmental programs

Reducing the energy cost of running buildings by an average of 30 percent and EPA recognition of more than 450 public and private educational institutions. Wealth of information available at Energy Star   with examples of higher education participants such as:

  1. Delaware State University upgrades to their cooling, heating, and control systems have resulted in an annual energy and operational cost savings of over $648,000 and reduced carbon dioxide by about 3.2 million pounds per year.
  2. University of Cincinnati invested about $3 million for a return savings of about $1.4 million per year and reduced about 68.7 million pounds per year of carbon dioxide.
  3. University of Missouri at Columbia invested about $1.7 million for a return savings of about $515,000 per year and about 14.3 million/lbs./year of carbon dioxide.

Resources available to you

In summary

The bottom line is that colleges and universities are entrusted with the education as well as safety of students. Some receive millions of dollars in government funding. Many teach others about the environment daily in classrooms. Colleges and universities are expected to be role models.

We are asking for your help in communicating these messages and to encourage many more universities to be true role models for positive environmental behavior.

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