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Energy

The campus has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 for scope 1 (on site generation and fleet vehicles) and scope 2 (purchased electricity) emissions. We are also working very hard to reduce scope 3 emissions (travel, waste related emissions and embodied carbon emissions). In appendix A, we describe a detailed road map for how the campus will achieve scope 1 and 2 carbon neutrality. As a core goal, all members of our campus community are encouraged to identify ways to reduce their individual and department greenhouse gas emissions.

Achievements

  • The university has not increased energy use since 2010 despite 50% more square footage and twice the number of students
  • 300 lighting fixtures upgraded to LED bulbs
  • 17% of all campus energy use supplied by onsite renewable energy
This chart illustrats the campus electricity use. In 2016, campus electricity use was around 10,600,000 kWh. In 2017, campus electricity use was around 10,500,000 kWh. In 2018, campus electricity use decreased further to 10,400,000 kWh.
This chart illustrates campus natural gas use. In 2016, campus natural gas use was around 537,000 therms. In 2007, campus natural gas use was around 520,000 therms. In 2018, campus natural gas use was reduced to around 515,000 therms.

Sustainability

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