Energy Awareness & Conservation

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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


  • New filters reduce landfill waste by 5 cubic yards and lower our carbon footprint by 368,634 lbs per year! Read more here…

Temperature Policy

  • In accordance with national and peer best practices, Emory has a standardized temperature range of 68°-76° (+/-2°) in the majority of campus buildings. This temperature policy was vetted and approved by Emory’s leadership and President as one of Emory’s earliest sustainability-related policies. This policy established Emory as a leader in developing Climate Solutions because energy and water consumption to control temperature are a part of the building sector’s responsibility for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions.
  • 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 by Campus Services.
  • 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

  • Emory’s Sustainable Performance Program (SPP) strives to keep building HVAC systems optimized and prevent performance degradation, which follows building retro-commissioning of existing systems by identifying controls, schedules, faulty equipment or installations, and setting the building back on course for energy efficiency. See examples on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings website.