LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas State University said Thursday it has signed a $15 million contract with a Milwaukee company for projects to promote sustainability on campus.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas State University said Thursday it has signed a $15 million contract with a Milwaukee company for projects to promote sustainability on campus.


The contract, which the university said is the first of its kind in Arkansas, calls for Johnson Controls to install LED lights; water-efficient plumbing; industrial-grade trash compactors; energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; new lab fume hoods; and a system for real-time monitoring of electric power demand and consumption.


The cost of the contract will be paid with savings resulting from the projects, the university said.


"The Arkansas State project is setting the standard by which other energy performance contracts will be measured in the state," Chet Howland, energy program manager for the Arkansas Energy Office, said in a news release. "We expect the project to have an economic impact of over $30 million with no upfront cost to Arkansas State, as guaranteed energy savings will pay for the project over the next two decades."