The Energy Master Plan will create a vision and roadmap for the campus for years to come. It  will create an adaptable framework for a financially sustainable energy program that focuses on energy-intensity reduction goals, supports meeting the carbon-reduction goals of the campus and provides reliable, low-carbon and resilient energy sources that enable and enhance the campus mission of education and research. The plan will support the campus greenhouse gas reduction goals of 20 percent by 2020, 50 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline. It will also define energy conservation, efficiency and reduction goals; identify renewable energy objectives and strategies; and define energy resiliency objectives related to buildings and the utility systems at CU Boulder.


The final EMP document will be used to help inform the next Campus Master Plan, which is due in 2021 in accordance with Colorado statutes. This will include an overarching set of principles for how the university approaches energy, as well as recommended options to be integrated during the Campus Master Plan efforts.