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Wartburg College uses trees to offset part of its carbon footprint

Imagine 73,387 trees planted or 394 cars taken off the road. That's roughly the equivalent of Wartburg College's 18 percent annual carbon-footprint reduction. Wartburg, Waverly, Iowa, invested $2.4 million in energy-saving projects, including a system that turns off various utilities when not needed, air conditioning in stages, restrictor valves that reduce water pressure and a "heat-recovery chiller" system. Annual savings include $270,000 in electricity costs and a 4.2 million gallon reduction in water usage. Wartburg's investment, which includes a $666,000 state grant from a federal energy program, will be paid off in eight years.


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