|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Media Contact: Beth Campus|
|February 7, 2013
Northeastern Illinois University Awarded $400,000 Grant for Environmental Sustainability
CHICAGO - Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) received a $400,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) for the University's new El Centro building scheduled to open in fall 2014. This grant will support the implementation of sustainability elements in the building design.
"We are extremely excited about receiving the ICECF award," said Dr. Sharon Hahs, president of Northeastern Illinois University. "This grant will help us reach LEED Gold classification with the new El Centro building and keep Northeastern moving toward a more sustainable campus."
The plans for the new campus building are targeted at meeting the requirements for LEED Gold certification. The building will include a photovoltaic array on the roof and a majority of the upper and parts of the lower portion of the building will have a curtain wall system with sun-shading "fins" that control the amount of sunlight the building takes in. In addition, the building will harvest information on consumption of water and energy and that information will be displayed to visitors so they can better understand what it means to be LEED Gold Certified.
The ICECF is an independent foundation meant to improve energy efficiency, advance the development of renewable energy resources and protect natural areas for people in communities all across Illinois.
About Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving more than 11,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of learning, teaching and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
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