UNCG Campus Weekly

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UNCG reducing energy consumption

UNCG’s goal is to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015.

Jessica Trotman (Office of Sustainability) spoke at last week’s Staff Senate meeting about what has been accomplished on campus – and the goals to look toward.

The university is making progress in conserving, she noted. For example, energy consumption has dropped 16 percent (gsf) since 2003 at UNCG – which is more than halfway to that 30 percent reduction goal. Water consumption has dropped 72 percent since 2003 at UNCG, she said.

As reported in last week’s CW, Chancellor Linda P. Brady has set a goal of three percent energy reduction for fiscal year 2012-13. Over the last fiscal year, UNCG was able to achieve its goal of five percent, resulting in the university avoiding over $300,000 in energy costs.

UNCG has to be carbon neutral by 2050, Trotman noted. The “standards of comfort” policy – which means you may want to keep a sweater on hand this winter – is among the means the university is using to achieve that. The policy – viewable at http://facoperations.uncg.edu/UNCG_Standards_of_Comfort.pdf – establishes heating and cooling parameters and occupancy hours for campus buildings. A similar policy instituted at UNC Chapel Hill led to energy savings of more than 12 percent.

Earlier this year, UNCG was presented a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Details about UNCG’s sustainability initiatives may be found at the Office of Sustainability web site. The office’s sustainability blog also has frequently updated news.