The Department of Recreational Sports is committed to making improvements to positively impact the environment. Here are a few of the project highlights for the steps we have taken this year (2015) with the direct support of the Loyola Facilities Department. Without their commitment to sustainability, these projects would not have been possible.
Sustainable Lighting Project
- The project will conserve University funds and energy through the installation of motion sensors and LED lighting throughout the Fitness and Aquatic Center.
- The project should have a two year payback period with a projected 49% return on investment.
- There is a $50,000 expected savings in energy costs each year.
Pool Pump Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Project
- A VFD function was added to the pool pump to allow the speed of the pump and the turnover rate of the pool water to be decreased during non-operating hours. This allows for reduced energy consumption specific to our $560,000 gallon swimming pool.
- There is an estimated 25% savings in energy and other associated costs per year, due to this VFD function.
- By July 2016, the equipment costs will be offset.
Learn more about the sustainability efforts at Loyola University Maryland: http://www.loyola.edu/department/sustainability/campus-sustainability