Tuskegee Univ. and Chevron partner

TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - It's an "Energy Smart" partnership that's a first of it's kind at Tuskegee University. And one that's expected to save the institution $1 million dollars a year in energy cost.

"We have an aging infrastructure and it's important that we not only save money on how but that our heating and air, etc. are state of the art," Tuskegee University President Dr. Gilbert Rochon said.

Old pipes and equipment are in most of the buildings. Chevron engineers are already in the process of accessing the campus.

"We will look at everything from the lighting to the heating ventilation to the air conditioning, energy controls, the roofs the windows, the water conservation," Chevron Energy President Jim Davis said.

Officials say there are only three buildings on campus that have state of the art energy-saving equipment. Eighty mechanical rooms will be transformed into an energy-saving system.

There's also an educational component to the partnership, including energy saving curriculum, research opportunities with faculty and internship opportunities for students like Jessica Holley. She completed two internships with Chevron and will start full time in the Drilling Division in Houston this summer.

"The importance of maintaining energy consumption and green energy is going to really help fuel them as they continue their student path and make a career choice in the future," Tuskegee Student Government Association President Jessica Holley said.

As the university heads on a path to developing an energy sustainability plan with this long-term partnership with Chevron.

It's too early to determine a cost amount and length of time for when all buildings will become energy smart.

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