Schools like Lehigh University will use $60M to help businesses reduce pollution

Lehigh University in Bethlehem will receive a $ 60 million share from the US Department of Energy to help small and medium-sized manufacturers reduce their carbon emissions, according to a press release on Wednesday.

The University’s Industrial Assessment Center is one of 32 centers involved in the funding. It is the largest cohort of university industrial assessment centers to ever receive federal funding.

“America’s best and brightest university students are successfully helping local manufacturers reduce pollution, save energy and cut their electricity bills,” said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in the statement.

The Industrial Assessment Centers help companies in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities transition to a clean energy economy and move towards a carbon-free future by 2050, she said.

The 32 funded universities will focus on improving productivity, improving cybersecurity, promoting resilience planning and training businesses in disadvantaged communities. The Lehigh University center supports businesses in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It recommends measures to save energy, reduce waste and increase productivity.

“Lehigh has many excellent educators who work to innovate and develop manufacturing through research and training programs,” said Nathan Urban, Probst and senior vice president of academic affairs and interim president of Lehigh.

The Industrial Assessment Centers program has provided companies with more than 147,000 recommendations for improvement, which typically translate into more than $ 130,000 in potential annual savings, the press release said.

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