Energy Awareness & Conservation

Powering down

Energy Awareness Highlights

From 2005-2015, Emory reduced our energy usage by more than 25 percent per square foot. While celebrating this achievement, Emory continues to invest in strategies to reduce the environmental, social, and economic impact of its energy consumption.

Emory’s new Sustainability Vision calls for a 50 percent reduction in energy use per square foot and a 25 percent reduction in overall energy use by 2025 from a 2015 baseline.

Energy Awareness Benefits

Emory’s Office of Sustainability has led many efforts to reduce energy. All new construction must meet LEED Silver standards – which requires rigorous attention to lighting, indoor climate and other factors.

Projects such as lighting retrofits, weatherization strategies, and heating and air-conditioning ventilation upgrades makes facilities more comfortable as the seasons change and are critical to meeting our energy conservation goals. These strategies are widely adopted across campus.

Building Sustainability Representatives from each major building on campus serve as ambassadors to work with occupants around creating a culture of awareness and conservation.

How It Works

Temperature Policy

  • 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 percent. 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.
  • During Winter Holidays, heating systems in many buildings are programmed to maintain a 55° F minimum set point. This effort reduces energy consumption and costs when there are few people on campus.

Sustainable Performance Program