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Gary Garcia smooths concrete on a median along Stadium Boulevard at the Air Force Academy Aug. 9, 2013. The 10th Civil Engineer Squadron is using the median as a test to determine the cost and savings of Xeriscaping instead of replacing strips of grass along the median every year. Garcia is an employee of Cosyleon and Cosyleon, a contractor based in Pueblo, Colo., that specializes in concrete placement. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) Getting rid of grass could save some green
In past years, Academy landscapers replace grass along the medians of Academy Drive, Stadium Boulevard and South Gate Boulevard a few weeks before graduation. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Jim Smith wants to see that practice end. He's lobbied for years to have the Academy adopt a more efficient solution.Smith began his campaign in August 2003, when
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Default Air Force Logo Academy's conservation effort results in big savings
Thanks to a base-wide conservation effort led by the 10th Civil Engineer Squadron, the Academy has significantly slashed its water usage and tax dollar spending.According to Fred Williams, the 10 CES chief of operations, the Academy's water conservation effort mirrors recent restrictions approved by the Colorado Springs City Council to reduce water
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The Academy will begin new energy-savings initiatives over the summer, including a plan to replace incandescent street lights with light-emitting diodes and micro-grid technology that could supply power to critical base systems in an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Summer to bring new energy projects
This summer brings with it the potential for a new wave of energy initiatives at the Academy that will range from changing light bulbs to implementing test technology to reduce cost and save energy."Probably one of the biggest things projected to start this summer is the replacement of all the street lights with LED bulbs," said Russell Hume, a
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The Air Force Academy has reduced its annual energy bill by $2 million to $3 million through energy conservation projects like the 18-acre solar array on the south end of the base. Continuing energy conservation efforts will examine information technology equipment and installation of energy-efficient street lights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Academy focuses on conserving energy
Every day, more than 3,000 personnel here burn Academy energy when they use their workspace appliances, contributing to a monthly electricity bill steep enough to buy a house.Space heaters and dual computer monitors are just a few devices Russell Hume, a mechanical engineer with the Academy's Directorate of Installations, said Academy staff members
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The Air Force Academy's solar array, pictured here May 13, 2011, occupies 41 acres of land on the Academy's southeast corner, adjacent to Interstate 25. The array, which comprises 18,888 solar panels, produced 12.5 million kilowatt-hours of power since it was activated July 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo) AFA solar array saves taxpayers $802,000 in first year
After a year of operation, the data is in. The Academy has received roughly seven and half percent more power than anticipated from the 6-megawatt solar array project that began production last summer.A total of 18,888 solar panels were installed along 41 acres on the Academy's southeast corner and began operation for renewable energy on July 1,
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(U.S. Air Force image/Don Branum; original U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Academy receives Colo. environmental award
The Air Force Academy received a Colorado Environmental Leadership Program Gold Leader award from the Colorado Public Health and Environment Department at a ceremony in Denver Oct. 4.The Gold Leader awards recognize institutions that have fully operational, facility-specific environmental management systems that have undergone planning,
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Lt. Gen. Mike Gould speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Air Force Academy's 6-megawatt solar array June 13, 2011. The array will produce about 12,000 megawatt-hours per year, or 11 percent of the Academy's overall energy needs. The Academy's vision is to produce 100 percent of its power through renewable resources by 2020. General Gould is the Academy superintendent. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Academy hits switch on 6-MW solar array
Officials with the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs Utilities and SunPower Corp. flipped a switch signifying the official dedication of the Academy's 6-megawatt solar array in a ceremony June 13.Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould called the event significant because it demonstrates the partnership between the Academy and the local
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Marcus Roemer, left, and Dr. Stefan Siegel stand near a water tank containing a 1:300 scale model of a wave energy converter they designed in the fall of 2008. The Department of Energy and National Sceince Foundation have invested in a series of larger tests with a 1:10 scale model of the Academy's wave energy converter, which has harnessed upwards of 99 percent of energy in a wave in tests here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rachel Boettcher) Aero lab harnesses wave energy in research simulations
Air Force Academy researchers recently harnessed more than 99 percent of the energy in a simulated ocean wave and are preparing to take their emerging technology to the next level.The energy research is part of a National Science Foundation-funded project to create the world's first free-floating, fully submerged wave energy converter that
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The sun shines over a construction site for a 6-MW solar array at the Air Force Academy Jan. 11, 2011. The $18.3-million project is funded by the American Recovery and Restoration Act of 2009 and is projected to save the Academy $1 million per year over the array's 25-year lifespan. It is scheduled to be complete in July. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Fixing the Academy
The 10th Air Base Wing continues to improve the Academy's image -- and its infrastructure -- through $143.3 million of construction projects on base.Among the ongoing projects are:VANDENBERG HALL: Two phases of renovation are currently underway, with estimated completion dates of June and December. The total cost for both phases of renovation is
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