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Green Fund Projects

One Towel at at time: Ozone Washing Machines at Pottruck

Department of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA)

Installation of ozone washing machines at the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, which currently uses eight-year-old traditional washing machines with standard hot water, detergent, and bleach.  Ozone washing technology is a proven cost-saving and environmentally beneficial process. The process involves splitting oxygen atoms to form ozone, which is then injected into the machine’s washwater. Ozone is known for its purifying and sanitizing properties, which kill bacteria and viruses more effectively than conventional chlorinated detergent. By employing patented cold water Ozone washing technology, Pottruck anticipates reducing hot-water utility costs and cutting water consumption.

Project Leader: 
Tricia Depoe, Associate Director, Department of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics
Project Sponsor: 
Tricia Depoe, Associate Director, Department of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics

Fact

Utilities represent over 85% of campus carbon emissions.