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Energy & Climate

University Operations targets our buildings as opportunities to use energy more efficiently. 

We commit to zero emissions growth, reducing emissions wherever possible, generating our own renewable energy when financially feasible, and achieving climate neutrality by offsetting the remaining greenhouse gas emissions. Retrofits to existing buildings improve their mechanical efficiencies, while new buildings are designed to be as energy efficient as possible. Besides ongoing efficiency retrofits and projects to reduce energy demand, Green Power purchases have helped us reduce our net emissions.

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    Energy Efficiency

    Over the past seven years the university has maintained an aggressive program of lighting and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) upgrades to reduce energy consumption.

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    Renewable Energy

    University Operations is committed to reducing emissions wherever possible. The campus is currently home to photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, and a wind turbine.

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    Energy use is a major contributor to the University's greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about our emissions and our Climate Neutrality Action Plan.

  • Winners from the Energy Challenge 2015

    Energy Challenge

    The annual, month-long competition encourages campus residents to identify areas to improve energy efficiency and resource conservation in their residence halls and to share those ideas with our Facilities and Utilities departments.

  • Emissions Factors

    Electricity: 0.0002905828 MT eCO2/kWh
    Natural Gas for Stationary Combustion (heating)0.0531667 MT eCO2/MMBtu