WSU Spokane's campus goal to use more efficient lighting has earned them $20,000.
The effort to lower energy costs at their Innovate Washington building qualified them for the Avista energy rebate. WSU installed more efficient ballasts and lamps in the building.
"This is really the right work for the university to be doing,” campus facilities operations director Jon Schad said. "It’s great that Avista provides the cash incentive to help us make it happen.”
According to WSU News, Schad said the project is part of a bigger effort to increase the energy efficiency of buildings on campus. The university partnered with McKinstry in 2010 and 2011 to upgrade lighting, heating and air conditioning systems.
Other buildings on WSU's Spokane campus are also getting the new lighting. Both the pharmacology and medical education building under construction are getting the upgrades. WSU Spokane hopes the two new buildings will get LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building efficiency certification and will get them more rebates from Avista after construction is finished.