Missouri University Goes Green

Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri, recent energy-efficient upgrades are paying off for the university. Updates to the HVAAC system, water chillers and variable frequency drives are reducing the amount of energy used on Violette Hall and the Student Union Building. Those changes mean the university should save more than $49,000 annually in energy costs. The university is also receiving nearly $100,000 in cash incentives from Ameren Missouri.

“We hope to reduce our carbon footprint by creating an ecologically sound, socially just and economically viable campus community,” said Truman President Susan Thomas. “Working through Ameren Missouri’s energy efficiency incentive program to upgrade our chiller systems helped us meet commitments in our TRUImpact energy conservation action plan, and ultimately operate a more efficient campus. Lowering our operating costs is important.”

Founded 150 years ago, Truman State University has the distinction of being Missouri’s only statewide liberal arts and sciences university. With more than 6,000 students, Truman offers its students a wide variety of professional and master’s level programs. The university has consistently been recognized among the nation’s best colleges and universities. For the past 20 years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest.

“Truman has been a fixture for years in this ranking, and many others, because we focus on producing graduates who are extremely well prepared to excel and advance in their chosen fields and who emerge as true leaders ready to thrive in the complexities of a rapidly changing, technologically advanced, multicultural world,” said Thomas. “Being able to do all that, at a very reasonable cost, is why Truman is such an exceptional university.”

Missouri has long been known for producing world-class talent and is home to top-flight universities such as the University of Missouri – Columbia, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla and many more. With more than 3 million educated workers Missouri’s talent pool is deep, specialized and experienced in our state’s key growth areas including advanced manufacturing, agtech, logistics and more.

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