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Luther approaches emissions reduction goal

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

The Luther College Board of Regents has approved a steam-based heating improvement project, which officials say will reduce the campus carbon footprint.

The project will add insulation to the existing steam distribution system, in an effort to make it more efficient.

The steam is generated using fossil fuel. Estimates are, the new insulation should reduce the college's carbon emissions footprint by about 900 tons of CO2, or about 5.4 percent.

The project will cost about $307,000 initially, but save the college about $90,000 a year in heating costs. It will be funded by energy savings.

"We're pleased this project will make Luther more efficient, save the college nearly $100,000 per year, and help us reach our greenhouse gas reduction goals," says Jay Uthoff, Luther director of Facilities.

Luther has reduced its carbon footprint by 40% since 2003. With the completion of this steam project, only 4% in reductions will remain until the college completes its goal of 50% reduced emissions by 2015.

The next goal is 70% by 2020, and complete carbon neutrality by 2030.

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