US-based ABM Building Solutions has secured a contract from the Wright State University to reduce the varsity's energy consumption by 40%.

The contract stipulates major enhancements to the varsity heating and cooling equipment, replacement of light fixtures with cost effective LED lighting, and employment of geothermal cooling systems.

Principal upgrades to be made include – elimination of 30 pieces of equipment into one consolidated boiler and chiller system and reduction of maintenance costs; retrofitting exterior lights to cut lighting energy consumption by 50%; and installations of pressure independent control valves, to reduce costs and enhance performance.

Wright State University vice president of business and fiscal affairs Mark M. Polatajko termed the contract a game-changer for the varsity in terms of sustainability.

"This is our second energy project with ABM and it will enable the university to continue to concentrate on current and future maintenance needs, while taking another huge step forward in our energy stewardship," said Polatajko.

The measures are expected to save Wright State $35.8m in energy savings over the course of the next 15 years.

ABM Building Solutions general manager Greg Hahn speaking about the initiative said, "It incorporates the innovative application of new and established energy saving technologies that will forever change the way the campus operates, while also guaranteeing savings that can be reallocated towards the school’s critical capital improvements. This is truly a win-win for Wright State."