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Energy Goals

Goal: 20% reduction by 2012, based on 2005 baseline numbers

This goal is established from our commitment to the ACUPCC, and to meet the governor’s Greening of the State Government executive order.

The University of Colorado Boulder has reduced total energy use by 20 percent and stabilized carbon emissions compared to 2005 levels, even though the campus has grown by 25 percent, or about 2.2 million square feet in facilities, since that time.

Energy Trends

To continue a downward trend, the Sustainability Action Team (SAT) has been working on a number of different areas and initiatives, getting closer to the end goal of carbon neutrality.

Some examples of initiatives happening right now are:

  • Building Weatherization Program
    • Under-roof insulation, weather stripping, window repair and replacement.
  • Focus on high energy intensive campus users, such as laboratories, dining facilities, and data centers (Please see individual sections for more detail)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable building
    • Building to our university-defined LEED Gold Plus standard, meaning we focus in on the LEED points with the greatest pay off - water and energy. This includes installing motion-sensor lighting, LED lighting, building tighter building envelopes, having more insulation, and much more.

The university recently completed a helicopter fly-over which produced thermal images of each roof top on CU-Boulder’s three campuses. These images will allow us to identify thermally conductive roofs with compromised insulation so we can address any problems to ensure a tighter building envelope.  It also gives us the opportunity to fix areas of roofs before problems grow larger and cause the need for roof replacement.

You can see your buildings energy usage here.