Temple recently announced a bold new conservation campaign to drastically cut the amount of energy the university uses. The goal of the campaign is to reduce energy use per square foot of building space by 25 percent over the next two years.
If successful, the campaign will advance the university’s commitment to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.
“Temple is an institution of higher education," said Senior Vice President of Construction, Facilities and Operations Jim Creedon. "By being smarter about our energy consumption, we can ensure that our resources are spent on educating our students rather than cooling and heating inefficient buildings.”
Kurt Bresser, Temple’s Energy Manager, will lead the energy conservation campaign. “This campaign is about challenging our current assumptions about energy use,” said Bresser. “We will be looking at buildings and asking ‘can we do better?’”
The campaign is set to begin with the development of a Utility Master Plan, the first phase of which consists of developing an Energy Saving Strategies Plan that identifies energy conservation strategies and develops large scale efficiency projects. The initial report on the Energy Savings Strategies Plan is expected in November.
In the meantime, the Office of Sustainability has created Energy Teams, several of which are now being piloted in 1940 Residence Hall and in Speakman, Alter and Sullivan Halls. The building-specific teams will promote energy conservation at Temple by identifying and implementing opportunities for energy reduction, encouraging and empowering fellow building occupants to conserve energy and spreading the word about the university’s energy conservation goals and accomplishments.
To help the Energy Teams, Students for Environmental Action and the graduate student group Net Impact are working with the offices of Facilities Management and Sustainability to collect important building information. The student groups are now undergoing intensive training on how to collect information for an energy audit.
In fiscal year 2012, the university and Temple University Hospital had a $36.8 million combined utility bill and consumed 190,000 Btu per gross square foot. Upon successful completion of its goal, Temple will have lowered its energy consumption rate to 142,743 Btu per gross square foot.