The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) commended TU for recent energy reduction efforts at the annual Better Buildings Challenge Summit held May 27 to May 29 in Washington, D.C. The university has reduced campus energy consumption by 13% since 2010, putting the campus ahead of schedule in meeting its Better Building Challenge goal of reducing energy by 20% by the year 2020.
More than 900 participants attended the national summit to exchange best practices on energy reduction solutions for homes and buildings. TU was invited to share accomplishments in energy efficiency with universities from across the country during a roundtable presentation.
“It was a proud day for TU,” said Energy Manager Steve Kolb. “We were sitting at the table with energy professionals from many of the top universities around the country, and we were asked to share details of our successes so others could learn how to implement them. It was quite impressive to have Towson University shine at such a prestigious event.”
A recent project to reduce the energy intensity of TU’s Athletic Fieldhouse was one of the solutions discussed at the summit and also showcased on the DOE Better Buildings website. Energy reduction over the past year has led to an annual energy cost savings of nearly $100,000.
“As the Better Buildings Initiative enters its fourth year, leaders continue to showcase how saving energy saves money, creates jobs, and most importantly accelerates the nation’s competitiveness in the clean energy economy while preserving our environment for generations to come,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Challenge aims to double American energy productivity by 2030. More than 250 organizations are partnering with the Energy Department to achieve 20 percent portfolio-wide energy savings and share successful strategies that maximize efficiency over the next decade.
Visit the Office of Sustainability’s homepage to learn more about TU’s energy conservation efforts. To learn more a about the Better Buildings Challenge, visit www.energy.gov/betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov.
Written by Amy Juskus