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UW-Green Bay chosen for
energy independence program

Gov. Jim Doyle visited the UW-Green Bay campus today (Wednesday, Sept. 27) to announce that UW-Green Bay will take part in a pilot program to become energy independent within five years. At a news conference in the University Union, the governor said UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point will participate in the program. The campuses were chosen because of their leadership in energy conservation and sustainability. UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard welcomed the news. "It's only appropriate that we help pave the way for a more sustainable future," the chancellor said.

Photo: UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard, state Sen. Dave Hansen, Gov. Doyle and UW System President Kevin Reilly.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard introduced Gov. Jim Doyle and noted the University's long history of commitment to efficient use of energy. Standing with Shepard are, from left, state Sen. Dave Hansen, Gov. Doyle and UW System President Kevin Reilly.

Photo: Local media covered the news conference in the University Union.

All four Green Bay television stations were among local media covering the news conference in the University Union.

Photo: Gov. Doyle.

In committing the four campuses to energy independence, Gov. Doyle said, "We are tapping into the ingenuity of the UW System."

Photo: Gov. Doyle and Chancellor Shepard enjoy a lighter moment at the news conference.

Gov. Doyle and Chancellor Shepard enjoy a lighter moment at the news conference.

Photo: UW System President Kevin Reilly.

UW System President Kevin Reilly said the energy independence project gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to find innovative solutions to the state's energy challenges.