Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - April 6, 2020
Northwestern University cuts emissions 12%, energy use 18%
Northwestern University has successfully reduced energy usage per square foot by 18% since 2010 and achieved a 12% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2012 through a combination of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
The Evanston, Ill.,-based university established three solar installations with capacities of 17 kW, 81 kW and 122kW, respectively. For their efforts, Northwestern received the EPA’s 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award.
“Protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions while improving energy efficiency is a top priority for Northwestern,” Craig Johnson, Northwestern’s senior vice president for business and finance, said in a statement. “We are honored to earn this recognition from ENERGY STAR. The award is a testament to the hard work of our staff and campus partners and validates our successful energy efficiency investments and initiatives.”
Northwestern also got LEED certification for 19 buildings across campus, two of which received Platinum-level status.
Going forward, the university plans to continue its efforts in energy efficiency by working with an external energy service provider focused on energy management, energy efficiency and energy procurement; increasing its renewable energy purchasing, particularly off-site solar; and implementing an energy management information system.
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