Five years ago, when energy prices soared, John Graham, the director of the University of Texas' basketball arena, went on a mission. [...]
With basketball season about to kick off this year (women play their first home exhibition game today, while the men open the season at home on Monday), the 33-year-old Erwin Center is a far more energy-conscious place than it was when Graham started his money-saving push. Between fiscal 2006-2007 and fiscal 2008-2009, the Erwin Center's electricity usage has dropped by 15.4 percent. Use of chilled water (for air-conditioning) is down by nearly 12 percent.