To complement the upgrade completed in 2015, UAB’s Department of Energy Management completed work in its ongoing lighting retrofit project at Bartow Arena with the assistance of funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
A $10,000 award was made to UAB through ADECA’s Non-Profit Energy Improvement program. The grant allowed for purchase and installation of 75 above-audience and concourse lights. The new LED lights provide better quality light and reduce energy costs, with an estimated payback period of 2.5 years.
UAB is continuing its year-round initiatives to reduce overall water consumption and ensuring its efforts align with Birmingham Water Works Board drought-based restrictions.
Birmingham is under a Stage 3 drought warning, which means conditions are severely affecting the reliability of water resources and the ability of the waterworks to adequately supply and meet future demands of its customers. The BWWB has implemented a surcharge for excess water use, which will go into effect Nov. 19, and already there is public speculation that the board will move to Stage 4 — extreme drought emergency — very soon.