- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The University of Louisville says its greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by more than 27 percent in seven years.

The school says its annual carbon emissions dropped by 68,000 metric tons during the period.

It says that amount is equal to taking 14,167 cars off the road.

The numbers are in a report UofL submitted to a national organization working on climate change issues. The report says lower electricity, fuel and water use made up a big part of the savings.

UofL launched a $46.2 million performance contract with Siemens Industry in 2009 to reduce energy use on its campuses. Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives, says the contract has paid big dividends. Within a couple of years, the university had double-digit cuts in use of fuel, electricity and water.

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