The energy used to heat, cool, and ventilate buildings is the single largest contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the atmosphere. AU recognizes the importance of energy efficiency and conservation in reducing the university’s contribution to climate change and is committed to reducing GHG emissions. The AU Facilities Management team utilizes tools such as Portfolio Manager and Lucidto track and adjust campus energy usage around the clock. In addition, the university files an annual report with Washington DC’s Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) with all energy and water consumption information for campus buildings. The District of Columbia has a citywide goal to cut energy use in half by 2032. Facilities Management uses this data to identify opportunities for energy conservation across campus. Students, faculty, and staff can do their part to reduce energy consumption by making some simple changes.
What the AU Community Can Do
Campus community members can participate in energy conservation by:
Opting for natural daylight whenever possible and turn off lights when not in use.
Enabling power saving features on your laptops and desktops to save energy.
Purchasing electronics that feature the Energy Star label.
Unplugging electronic items or turn off surge protectors to stop items from drawing phantom loads.
Visiting AU’s Lucid Dashboard to see how much energy your building is using for heating, cooling, and electricity.
Real Time Data
Behind the Scenes
AU’s behind the scenes energy efficiency and conservation projects include:
Replacing older T-12 fluorescent tubes with newer, more efficient T-8 tubes.
Using computer software to automate and control building heating, cooling, lighting, and ventilation.
Installing meters to monitor all energy consumption in campus buildings in real-time, allowing Facilities Maintenance to quickly identify and correct inefficient buildings.
Utilizing pre-programmed temperature schedules for classrooms, allowing for increased energy savings when the classrooms are not in use.
Scheduling regular preventative maintenance to ensure that all building equipment is operating efficiently and as designed.