Energy: Vision, Goals and Metrics

a vision for a brighter dartmouth 

By 2019, Dartmouth will achieve a sustainable energy system and be among the nation’s leaders in energy awareness, conservation and technology.


  1. Reduce energy consumption
  2. Diversify our energy supply
  3. Move to renewable sources
  4. Embrace our energy system as part of the Dartmouth education and experience



We will know we are making progress towards our goals if:

  1. We do report our energy use in quantities of fuel, Btus and Joules of energy, and greenhouse gas emissions, in absolute and relative terms and in real time.
  2. We express energy goals and projects in terms of dollar savings including net present value, energy savings and carbon emission savings per dollar expenditure.
  3. Most occupants of the campus know what Dartmouth's energy goals are, where their energy comes from and how Dartmouth is taking actions to make energy systems more sustainable.
  4. Most occupants of the campus are taking at least one action to improve energy sustainability.

road map

Immediate (0-2 years)

Process and Administration

  1. Implement an ongoing procedure for reviewing and revising our energy strategy
  2. Revise key job descriptions across campus to include sustainability criteria
  3. Develop strategies and mechanisms to link student projects and faculty research to campus energy systems

Energy Supply

  1. Get off #6 fuel oil by 2016
  2. Increase operational flexibility
  3. Reduce cost
  4. Mitigate and reduce long term risk
  5. Improve environmental, social and regional sustainability

Demand Side and Integrated Systems

  1. Complete CEMS installation and develop access for campus users (Fall 2012)
  2. Implement Revolving Loan Fund (Fall 2012)
  3. Develop a list organized by dollar impact, GHG impact and payback, of demand-side energy priorities
  4. Continue to aggressively pursue projects that reduce energy consumption among the largest energy users
  5. Communicate demand side management priorities to the campus community

Sustainability Leadership

  1. Develop a set of criteria to guide energy choices including innovation, energy security, life-cycle cost effectiveness, risk management, financial responsibility, educational benefit and environmental impact
  2. Reduce fossil fuel consumption by 10% every year
  3. Investigate and install onsite renewables on campus for electricity, thermal, and other applications
  4. Use hedges (electricity and fuels) to reduce market exposure and GHG impacts (e.g. wind, solar, alternative oils, biomass pellets)
  5. Establish mechanisms to communicate about energy supply systems

Short term (2-10 years)

  1. Enhance diversification of onsite heating fuel supply to achieve at least a 60% reduction in GHG emissions
  2. Source energy from off-site renewable electric generation
  3. Provide access to data so that our community can develop pilot projects for innovative energy solutions
  4. Extend hedging period for 50% of our energy portfolio to 10-15 years
  5. Expand Revolving Loan Fund size to increase number and impact of energy projects
  6. Develop a robust behavior change energy conservation program
  7. Develop energy performance standards for new buildings and renovations
  8. Identify opportunities for system improvements such as but not limited to changes in heat delivery systems and utilization of waste heat
  9. Provide access to data so that our community can develop pilot projects for innovative energy solutions

Long Term (10-50 years)

  1. Aggressive diversification towards sustainable, place-based and practical energy supply with the expectation of reaching 100% renewable sources
  2. Aggressive implementation of energy efficiency and conservation measures throughout campus including behavior change to reflect values