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Walmart Foundation grant moves Drury closer to LED goal

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 11, 2016 — Drury University is well on its way to its goal of an entirely LED-lit exterior campus thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation. The push for an LED-lit campus supports Drury’s ongoing commitment to sustainability in all areas of university operations.

Drury recently received a $2,500 Walmart Foundation Community Grant from the East Kearney Street Walmart Supercenter. The grant will fund the purchase of LED lights for Drury’s Central Street Recycling Center and the surrounding campus area. The upgrades will bring Drury to an approximately 75 percent LED-lit exterior.

“The Kearney Street Walmart Store is pleased to support Drury University’s efforts to transition to sustainable LED lighting,” store manager Kyle Roth says. “We are happy to fund LED lights for the Central Street Recycling Center, which is an important resource for Drury and the Springfield community.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED bulbs are significantly more energy efficient than incandescent lighting. A typical LED bulb uses 75 percent less electricity and emits only 10 percent of the carbon dioxide as an incandescent bulb. The projected lifespan of an LED bulb is 50,000 continuous hours, compared to just 1,200 hours for an incandescent bulb. The long lifespan of LED means that one LED bulb can save material and production of 25 or more incandescent bulbs.

The Central Street Recycling Center is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Approximately 210 tons of recyclable material passes through the center each year. The center is also used by local institutions including Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri State University, Mercy Healthcare System, and the City of Springfield.

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Media Contact: Emma Ruzicka – Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations: (417) 873-6857 or eruzicka@drury.edu.

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