Building energy use represents nearly three-quarters of Ohio State’s carbon emission footprint. Increasing efficiency in university buildings by 25% by 2025 will enable Ohio State to continue to achieve its academic mission while reducing the carbon emissions associated with operating its extensive set of buildings.
Ohio State’s innovative energy partnership with Ohio State Energy Partners, a joint venture created by ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure, is helping the university implement numerous efforts to improve energy efficiency and modernize our energy management. These efforts include implementing building-level energy conservation measures and a new energy generation and distribution system for the Columbus campus.
Additional accomplishments and initiatives
- The university adopted a new Sustainable Design and Construction Policy in 2021. The policy touches not only the university’s energy efficiency goal but also many other campus sustainability initiatives.
- 48 building-level energy conservation measures have been completed or are currently underway, including converting nearly 110,000 lighting fixtures to energy-efficient LED technology.
- Smart meters have been installed on nearly 600 buildings for improved building energy maintenance.
- The university also completed construction of The Schumaker Complex at LEED Gold and the combined Covelli Center and Jennings Wrestling Facility at LEED Silver.
Energy Use Intensity Baseline (2017): 199.92
Energy Use Intensity Performance (2020): 178.65
Energy Use Intensity Goal (2025): 149.98
Energy Efficiency Improvement (To Date): 10.6%
Report any energy use malfunctions to Facilities Operations and Development.
Use energy more efficiently:
- Turn off lights when leaving a room.
- Turn off computer and monitors when not in use.
- Do not use personal space heaters as this is an inefficient way to heat a space — wear appropriate clothing instead.
- Close windows when air conditioning is in use.
- Avoid ice use at drink stations, where drinks are already cold.