Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 | 12:42 p.m.
Jim Rogers, the chancellor of Nevada's public higher education system, issued a memo today detailing cost savings the state's seven public colleges and Desert Research Institute have implemented in recent years.
The document lists actions institutions have taken in response to budget cuts, such as leaving faculty and staff positions vacant and offering buyout programs.
But the memo also describes cost-saving programs institutions launched long before the announcement of statewide budget reductions.
By reducing the amount of turf on campus by 855,000 square feet, for instance, UNLV projects it will save 45 million gallons of water and $135,000 per year, according to the memo. Using energy and water more efficiently has allowed the school to avoid millions of dollars in utilities expenses since the 2000-01 fiscal year.