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.
Current goal achievement and initiatives
- Energy Efficiency Improvement (since 2015 baseline): 12.7%
- 2023 energy use intensity: 177.5 (kBTU per gross square foot per year)
- The university’s Sustainable Design and Construction policy includes energy use intensity targets by building type for enhanced energy conservation in university facilities.
- Implementing energy conservation measures (ECMs) through Ohio State Energy Partners, including transitioning lighting to LEDs in the Wexner Medical Center and Student Life facilities.