Environmental Investment Adds to Portfolio of Over 500 Water, Wastewater and Sustainable Energy Projects Across Canada and the United States
Submitted by: Corix Utilities
Posted: Jan 27, 2011 – 09:42 AM EST
VANCOUVER, B.C., Jan. 27 /CSRwire/ - (Marketwire) Corix Utilities and the University of Oklahoma (OU) today announced that Corix will be providing a $2 million endowment to help set up the new Corix Institute for Water Resources and Sustainability at the University. This significant environmental investment further expands Corix's portfolio of sustainability initiatives, which include products, services and over 500 water, wastewater and sustainable energy projects all across Canada and the United States.
"The endowment for the Corix Institute is consistent with our commitment to both sustainability and investing in the communities where we work," said Brett Hodson, President and CEO of Corix. "It also builds on our unique collaboration with OU, which we believe is the first of its kind between a company like Corix and a major university in the United States."
The Corix Institute - which will be located within the National Weather Center at OU - will consist of three programs:
The Institute will be led by an established expert to be identified in a national search, which will begin immediately. In the interim, Paul Risser, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of OU's Research Cabinet, will guide the Institute's activities.
"The formation of the Corix Institute was guided by the importance of understanding and managing water in all its dimensions," said University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren. "The demand for water to sustain life and the economy as well as for its natural beauty presents challenges for many organizations involved in its protection and management. The Corix Institute seeks to bring together experts from many disciplines to understand the complexity of this precious natural resource and to provide research and data for leaders to make informed decisions regarding its conservation and use."
The endowment of the Corix Institute builds on the 50 year utility services agreement between Corix and OU that was signed in 2010. As part of that, Corix will operate and manage all of OU's installed utility system assets, which include the central heat and power plant, heat distribution, chilled water (production and distribution), natural gas distribution, electricity distribution, potable water distribution and wastewater collection. Corix will design, build and finance all new capital replacement, upgrades and additions to the University's utility systems over the course of the long term operations agreement, with ownership of the utilities themselves remaining with the University.
"We are bringing the full scope of our utility management expertise to the project, which includes district energy systems, wastewater treatment and water conservation programs," concluded Hodson. "Our unique multi-utility approach will result in cost-efficient management, renewal and replacement of OU's utility assets over the long term, allowing the University to focus on its core missions of teaching, research and service."
The endowment of the new Corix Institute also further increases Corix's portfolio of sustainability initiatives. In addition to being an industry leader with a full range of utility infrastructure products and services, it has also helped develop such leading edge projects as Dockside Green in Victoria, B.C., the Sun Rivers geothermal community in Kamloops, B.C., and the water, wastewater and multi-utility services being provided in several locations in Alaska.
The Corix Group of Companies - based in Vancouver, B.C. - specializes in products and utility solutions for sustainable infrastructure in the water, wastewater and energy sectors and provides field metering services for clients across North America. It has over 2000 employees in 60 locations across North America. Corix is a private company whose primary owners are BC Investment Management Corporation and CAI Capital Management Inc., two large and stable members of the Canadian investment community who specialize in public pension funds. Please visit www.corix.com for more information.
About the University of Oklahoma
Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation. The Norman campus serves as home to all of the university's academic programs except health-related fields. The OU Health Sciences Center, which is located in Oklahoma City, is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. Both the Norman and Health Sciences Center colleges offer programs at the Schusterman Center, the site of OU-Tulsa. OU enrolls more than 30,000 students, has more than 2,400 full-time faculty members, and has 20 colleges offering 163 majors at the baccalaureate level, 166 majors at the master's level, 81 majors at the doctoral level, 27 majors at the doctoral professional level, and 26 graduate certificates. The university's annual operating budget is $1.5 billion. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For more information, please visit www/ou.edu.