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Buffalo could save thousands of dollars a year by improving recycling at City Hall and updating the building's heating and cooling systems, according to an audit by University at Buffalo students.

The environmental studies students, led by UB senior Glenn Delfish, today presented their 75-page environmental report to Mayor Masiello, who thanked them and said the city will attempt to follow the recommendations.

"I believe this is a first . . . the only city in America where this is being done," Masiello said. He credited Council Member at Large Barbra A. Kavanaugh for inviting students to make the audit.

The undergraduates, who received college credit for studying City Hall's environment, found that Buffalo could reap more than $20,000 a year by recycling more solid wastes and buying recycled, unbleached paper. There was no estimate on possible savings on heating and air conditioning.

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