Academy of Art University partners with Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Academy of Art University recently announced its partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Department of the Environment and San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom to be the first school to participate in the San Francisco Energy Watch program. Academy of Art University intends to reduce its energy usage by 20 percent annually by lowering electricity use by 2.6 million kilowatt-hours and reducing natural gas use by 80,600 therms. This greenhouse gas reduction is equivalent to taking 300 cars off of the streets of San Francisco annually.

Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University, stated, “Since our founding in 1929, the Academy has been an innovator. We believe that it is artists and designers who create the vision, the products and the environments needed to implement our goals for the future.”

The school has integrated curriculum in green design throughout its 13 majors, including Architecture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Interior Architecture and Design, and Graphic Design programs.

“In addition, in our role as an educational leader, the Academy is systematically improving our transportation system, introducing fuel-efficient biodiesel buses, and low emissions vehicles,” said President Stephens.

“Energy efficiency is a top priority for meeting San Francisco’s environmental goals,” said Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco, at a speech given in the gallery of Academy of Art University. “The San Francisco Energy Watch program is a great example of how two innovative organizations can partner to create real solutions that directly protect public health and improve our quality of life.”

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Established in 1929, Academy of Art University, the nation’s largest art and design university, offers accredited Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees in 12 areas of art and design. Courses are available online or on campus in Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture (MFA only), Computer Arts-New Media, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures and Television, and Photography. For more information visit or call 1.800.544.2787.

Academy of Art University is nationally accredited by ACICS, NASAD, NAAB, (M.Arch).

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