Your Green Life: "Going Green at UMD"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

The amount of paper consumption has been increasing steadily across the Northland during the past decade. In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson will take a look at one institution that is going online to save trees.

The University of Minnesota Duluth is one of many institutions in the Northland that has been going green by recycling and reducing the paper they use.

"The benefits are we are saving trees, money, and the environment", said Sharyl Wrighton.

The UMD Bridge is a publication that is sent to the Universities Alumni. In the past this was sent out as a mailed magazine. Now the alumni members have the option of getting their updates online.

"The great thing is the response has been phenomenal. We have only just received positive comments", said Sharyl.

Having the UMD bridge publication put online is one of the several ways the campus has gone green, but with their buildings they have also turned down the heat.

"Recently over the winter holiday break. We decided since they are very few people on campus and we have a long 11 day stretch we would turn down the temperature in our buildings", said Mindy Granley.

In the campus buildings the UMD staff turned down the heat from 68 to 65 degrees.
This 3 degree change reduced their Natural Gas usage by 13 percent. Also, it helped out with the universities goal to reduce their carbon footprint.
In Duluth, For Your Green Life. I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

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