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Academy of Art University Announces Partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Mayor Gavin Newsom

On February 6, 2007, Academy of Art University announced its partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Department of Environment and San Francisco"s Mayor Gavin Newsom to be the first educational institution to participate in the San Francisco Energy Watch.  The Academy of Art University intends to reduce its energy usage 20% annually by lowering electricity use by 2.6 million kilowatt hours, and reduce natural gas use by 80,600 therms.  This greenhouse gas reduction is equivalent to taking 300 cars off of the streets of San Francisco annually.

AAU President Elisa Stephens

Elisa Stephens, President of the Academy of Art University, stated, "Since our founding in 1929, the Academy has been an innovator.  We believe that it is artists & designers who create the vision, the products and the environments needed to implement our goals for the future." The university has integrated curriculum in sustainable design throughout its 13 majors, including Architecture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Interior Design and Architecture, and Graphic Design programs.  "In addition, in our role as an educational leader, the Academy is systematically improving our transportation system, introducing fuel efficient bio-diesel buses, and low emissions vehicles," stated President Stephens.

"Energy efficiency is a top priority for meeting San Francisco's environmental goals," said Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco, at a speech given at the Academy of Art University.   "The San Francisco Energy Watch Program is a great example of how two innovative organizations can partner to create real solutions that directly protect public health and improve our quality of life."


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