What we're talking about
The West Gym lighting retrofit brought together students, faculty, alumni, and our facilities group to create an innovative, visible project with a very attractive payback. An alum developed the super-efficient lighting technology, a graduate student and a computer science professor programmed an amazing user interface, and FOM got it done.
There are many more stories like this on campus – but how many more could there be?
The path starts here
In 2008, Dartmouth announced that it was committing to reducing its campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from 2005 levels over the next 25 years. The college has targeted three key areas in working toward its pledge.
Reduce demand: increase energy efficiency
This is our first priority. Make buildings more efficient. We’re working on it, right now. How? We’re investing $18M in smart energy efficiency. Where? By improving efficiency of ventilation and air handling systems to create attractive paybacks, building new super-insulated high-performance buildings, upgrading to more efficient lighting, and more.
Reduce demand: Promote energy conservation
Energy conservation means figuring out how to not use energy when we don’t need it. Here are a few examples of ways we’re conserving energy:
- A central energy management system helps us see where and how we are using energy so we can target communication to the places people can have the biggest impacts.
- Dorms are metered so we can see how we’re using energy and determine smart ways to help students reduce energy use at the plug and when devices aren’t in use.
- Installing motion sensors in lighting to power down unoccupied spaces.
- Developing a plan for smarter use of vehicles around campus.
Improve supply: Manage risk and cost and develop an innovative future
The energy team (a combination of Sustainability and Facilities Operations and Maintenance staff) is changing what kind of energy we use and how we use it. For example, in many applications, oil is less cost-effective and less environmentally sustainable than electricity. So, we are replacing the Burke Science Building’s steam-oil powered chillers with new electric chillers. This changes HOW we use energy for the better and has a payback that makes the project a no-brainer.
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