Energy Efficiency

Increase university building energy efficiency by 25%, by 2025

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

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%

Take action

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.