6/30/2008

In a $1 million partnership, Stanford University will retrofit the Santa Clara County, Calif., jail with high-tech electronics designed to reduce the facility's carbon footprint. A team from Stanford will overhaul the jail's lighting and energy-management systems with a goal of reducing energy consumption by up to 30%. By carefully measuring the project's impact, researchers hope to "come up with a blueprint for how this should be done" in other jails and prisons, according to Martin Fischer, the Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering who is in charge of the team.

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