How Duke University’s Radford University will transform into a world leader in energy efficiency
Byron Brown, Duke University professor of environmental sustainability and former chair of the state’s energy efficiency commission, has been named vice president of energy efficiency at the university.
In a statement, the university said Brown will work with a team of more than 40 experts, including Duke’s energy and sustainability experts, to lead efforts to reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Brown to the Duke University family,” said the university in a statement.
“He is a respected leader in the field of energy sustainability and a leader in leading a new and bold research agenda that will make the university a leader for the 21st century.”
Duke’s Radfords energy efficiency program was named the #1 best program in the nation by The New York Times, and the company’s flagship Duke Energy Center in the university’s Duke University Campus, home to the Radford campus, was named a Top 5 energy efficiency facility in the U.S.
A total of 6.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity were generated in the program.
The program has helped reduce energy use by more than 80 percent since the program began in 2011, according to the university, which also has a commitment to increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Duke has already cut its energy consumption by nearly 30 percent, Brown said in an interview with ABC News.
In 2015, Duke cut its greenhouse gas pollution by over two-thirds.