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Energy Awareness
Energy monitors have been installed in Emory's LEED certified residence halls so tenants can track energy consumption.
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Emory aimed to reduce energy use by 25 percent per square foot by 2015 from 2005 levels. Thanks to the strong dedication and determination of our faculty, staff and students, operational and behavioral changes have helped us achieve this goal ahead of schedule!
Achieving the goal required extensive engagement across all levels of the university — from administrators who saw the wisdom of investing in energy efficient systems to individuals that contributed by changing their behavior and habits by doing things like turning off lights and computers.

To stimulate participation, each October Emory holds a campus-wide Energy Competition. Visit here for more information about the Energy Competition.

In order to achieve the goal, over the last decade Emory has implemented innovative operational strategies such as:
New construction must meet LEED Silver standards
• Applying Emory’s own Utility Reduction and Energy Conservation Agreement (URECA), which seeks out ways to make buildings more efficient via energy reduction projects such as lighting retrofits, weatherization strategies, and heating and air-conditioning ventilation upgrades
• Establishing a temperature policy to keep building thermostats between a range of 68 degrees 76 degrees
• Implementing Emory’s Sustainable Performance Program (SPP), a predictive maintenance program to keep high performance buildings running efficiently and sustainably
• Utilizing the Building Sustainability Representatives, who serve as ambassadors for every major building on campus, to help implement programs and work with building occupants around creating a culture of awareness and conservation
• Changing habits and promoting a conservation culture amongst everyone at Emory

Post-2015 Energy Goal:
While celebrating achieving the energy reduction goal, Emory continues to invest in further reduction strategies and creatively reduce the environmental, social, and economic impact of its energy consumption.

In order to do this, Emory plans to:
• Install two small-scale solar installations in the first quarter of 2015
• Pilot a window film technology project at the Woodruff Library
• Pilot an electrical device installed at the electric panel to reduce inefficiencies within the building electrical system
• Work with academic unit Climate Action Plan committees to initiate strategies to simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption
• reduce energy and water consumption for 6.5 million square feet by 20% by 2020 under the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC) commitment

Temperature Policy
In order to conserve energy, Emory has a standardized temperature policy of 68°-76° (+/-2°) in the majority of campus buildings. Temperatures may be adjusted outside of this range if the relative humidity in a building rises about 60%. Depending on your building and location, the systems are remotely controlled and monitored. All of these systems are monitored by Campus Services. By controlling the buildings centrally, Emory can ensure the systems fall within the temperature policy.

If you feel your area is outside of the standardized temperature, call the zone shop supervisor or Campus Services Customer Service Center at 404-727-7464. If you are uncomfortable and it is determined that your space is within the University temperature standard, it is recommended that you dress in layers, keep a sweater, jacket or lap blanket in the office and be prepared to add or remove layers of clothing for your personal comfort. Click here for FAQs about Emory's temperature policy.

Campus Services
Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives will be key campus leaders in this effort.

Campus Services coordinates institution-wide and unit-based initiatives designed to conserve energy and reduce reliance on natural resources. This group also manages the Utility Reduction and Energy Conservation Plan designed to implement energy conservation measures and energy management of buildings and infrastructure systems.

A Utility Reduction and Energy Conservation team provides leadership, support and direction for University stakeholders engaged in conservation efforts.

Green Energy Research at Emory
The search for clean, cheap energy sources is the biggest problem of our age, says chemist Brian Dyer, director of the Emory Bio-inspired Renewable Energy Center (EBREC). eScienceCommons interviewed Dyer about how the new center is carving out a unique niche in the development of solar energy solutions, through its work at the intersection of chemistry, physics and biology, and its outreach to the broader community. To see the video and read the Q&A go here.

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