2007
Summit promotes ways to cut energy costs, protect environment

Summit promotes ways to cut energy costs, protect environment
January 3, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The average house is responsible for twice the greenhouse gas emissions as an automobile. Every time a person flips on a light switch, runs the dishwasher or turns on the air conditioner or furnace, they use energy, which in turns creates more pollution from power plants. Creating a more energy-efficient home and business and the development of hybrid automobiles are among the topics that will be addressed at the fourth annual DuPage Environmental Summit from noon-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 on the second floor of the Krasa Center on the campus of Benedictine University. The title of this year’s summit is “How To Save on Energy Costs and Help the Environment” and will focus on how homeowners and business owners can save energy, protect the environment and natural resources, and maintain lower utility bills. The summit will include remarks by DuPage County Board Chairman Robert J. Schillerstrom, Conservation Foundation President/CEO Brook McDonald, and DuPage Environmental Commission Chairman Jack Sheaffer. Sharon Hillman, Vice President of Resource Adequacy & Environmental Programs for ComEd’s CARE Initiative, is among the scheduled speakers. The summit is sponsored by the DuPage Environmental Commission, The Conservation Foundation, the DuPage County Board Environmental Committee, the DuPage Community Foundation and Benedictine University. The summit is free and open to the public.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.