Loyola Marymount University (LMU) received a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) Award of Recognition October 17th.

The award was given to LMU for implementing its energy alert plan during the last major local power crisis in late August and early September, LMU officials said.

LMU manager of facilities and energy management Gerald Robinson said that if large institutions don’t curtail demands for power, “the DWP has to shut down large portions of the neighborhood’s power.” Curtailing demands “helps keep our neighbors’ power stable so they can continue running their household appliances,” he added.

The LMU energy alert plan includes reducing the university’s power consumption during a crisis through efforts such as changing the temperature in classrooms and offices, turning off non-critical lighting, shutting down fountains and throttling back on pool pumps.

“LMU has gone above and beyond in terms of environmental responsibility and supporting our department in a time of its energy alert,” said Heidi Bass, a Los Angeles DWP representative. “We look forward to working closely with LMU on many more energy and water saving projects in the near future.”