Morgan State to serve as research partner in energy-efficiency project

$129 million federal grant was awarded to Penn State

February 03, 2011|By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun

Morgan State University will serve as a research partner on a $129 million federal grant awarded to Pennsylvania State University to improve energy efficiency in commercial, public and residential buildings around the country.

President Barack Obama promoted the initiative in an appearance at Penn State on Thursday, saying the research could help businesses save as much as $40 billion a year in utility costs. "Making our buildings more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to save money, combat pollution and create jobs right here in the United States of America," Obama said.

Morgan President David Wilson said it was invited to join the consortium of university, government and private researchers because of its reputation for producing engineers and architects,.

"Our role will be to make sure these technologies developed at the hub in Philadelphia will make their way to Baltimore and to the state of Maryland at large," he said.

Wilson said the initiative is an example of his plans to make Morgan a center for applied research on issues vital to urban America. He said five Morgan professors will spend time at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, where the energy-efficiency effort will have its headquarters. Wilson said he also envisions research opportunities for Morgan students associated with the project.

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