(KCPW News) Awards for a state energy efficiency program launched under Governor Jon Huntsman were passed out to various agencies yesterday, at an event hosted by soon-to-be Governor Gary Herbert. The current Lieutenant Governor held up Huntsman's legacy as an example to follow. He urged state employees to continue to look for ways to make the state more energy efficient.
"We will lead by example; we will not do anything that we ourselves are not willing to do," Herbert said. "And the impact of this program has tremendous potential, [that] we probably don't even understand. As we change people's mindsets and open up horizons for them, we can make a significant difference long-term."
Herbert also announced a new state program, called the Energy Snapshot Project, which will engage employees to decrease the amount of energy used in their departments. Each workplace will be tracked to see how much energy was saved year over year.
University of Utah President Michael Young accepted one of the awards for environmentally friendly procurement. He praised the school's sustainability office for saving the university millions of dollars by finding new ways to save energy.
"These are not additional obligations," Young said. "But in fact these turn out to be wonderful opportunities for us to save our taxpayers, to save our students, to save our donors money so it can be used in ways that maximize our efficiency, as well as our capacity to do an extraordinary amount of research as well in the area of alternative energy sources, and energy efficiency and carbon sequestration."
Other awards handed out at the event included green state building, fleet efficiency, and leadership.