|Energy monitors have been installed in Emory's LEED certified residence halls so tenants can track energy consumption.|
Emory's previous sustainability vision aimed to reduce energy use by 25% 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 resulted in a 26.5% energy use reduction by 2015.
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.
Emory's new Sustainability Vision calls for a 50% reduction in energy use per square foot and a 25% reduction in overall energy use by 2025 from a 2015 baseline.
Over the last decade Emory has implemented innovative operational strategies such as:
New construction must meet LEED Silver standards
Applying Emorys 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 Emorys 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
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.
Holiday Heating Turndown
Consistent with our efforts over the past several years, over the two periods of official University winter holidays, Emory programs the heating systems in major buildings to maintain a 55 degree Fahrenheit minimum set point, which reduces energy costs while still protecting building contents. The building list below represents the outstanding efforts of building occupants who contributed to last year's holiday turndown. If your building is not listed below and you would like to be included, please contact the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.
1525 Clifton Clinic (Except 5th and Mezzanine level on December 23; entire building on December 30)
1599 Clifton Building
1762 Clifton Building (Except December 30 and 31; Bay #14/Suite 1800 excluded for all periods)
Anthropology Building (Except lab areas)
Boisfeuillet Jones Center
Carlos Museum (Only areas served by air handling units 11 and 31)
Claudia Nance Rollins Building (Except labs on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors)
Dobbs University Center
Gambrell Hall (Except January 2)
Goizueta Business School
Goizueta Foundation Center
Grace Crum Rollins Building
Health Science Research Building (Except lab areas and bridge on December 23 and 30)
Math and Sciences (Except lab areas)
Miller-Ward Alumni House (December 22-January 3)
Oxford Road Building (Except December 23 and 30)
Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies (PAIS)
School of Medicine (Except A wing for entire period)
School of Nursing
Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WSHCAB) (Except Dec. 30 and 31)
Residential Facilities: To be designated by Residence Life & Housing
For all buildings not listed, occupants are reminded to ensure thermostats are locally set to 68 degrees Fahrenheit or the lowest setting.
We also ask all building occupants to turn off interior lights, computers, and other office equipment before leaving for the holidays. Last year, we prevented the emission of approximately 490 tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of approximately 92 cars.
Please submit comments, concerns, or requests to be included in the turndown or expand the turndown period in your building to the "contact us" page . We also have FAQs about the turndown for your reference.
• 2014 Emory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Summary Analysis
• Emory University Holiday Heating Turndown 2016 FAQs
• Emory Welcomes New Solar Installations
• Atlanta Better Building Challenge (ABBC) Participants at Emory University
• New Temperature Setting Guidelines FAQs