UCCS Office of Sustainability Energy Information
From a sustainability perspective, energy is arguably the most important resource that we manage.
Campus energy use from electricity and natural gas sources generate two-thirds of our campus greenhouse gas emissions.
The university spends $1.75M each year on electricity and natural gas;
however, future supplies and costs of these invaluable resources are unpredictable.
For these reasons and others, it is imperative that we manage our energy consumption diligently
and pursue alternative, renewable sources of energy.
Click to learn more about energy reduction and these three components:
1) Energy Conservation
2) Energy Efficiency
3) Renewable Energy
UCCS Energy Operations
The 2007 Sustainability Strategic Plan put forward the following objective with regard to energy:
Recognizing the seriousness of global climate change, UCCS will strive to reduce its contribution to greenhouse gases by reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency and pursuing the use of renewable energy.
With a growing campus, reducing total energy consumption is an elusive challenge. UCCS is focusing its efforts on reducing its Energy Use Intensity (EUI), the rate of energy used per square foot, by targeting energy efficiency in new buildings and conducting conservation campaigns and retrofit projects in existing buildings. Between 2005 and 2009, UCCS applied a $1.3 million Energy Performance Bond toward energy and water efficiency projects. This program provides approximately $75,000 in savings per year and more than $76,000 in one-time rebates from Colorado Springs Utilities.
Energy Use Intensity (EUI)
$1.3 million Energy Performance Bond
Colorado Springs Utilities.
Colorado Springs Utilities Audit
Greening of State Government
Energy Performance Bond