Campus News

February 15, 2010

Take Note

Energy turndown generates reduction

During the 2009 holiday season, when many students and employees were off campus spending time with their families and friends, Emory University turned down the heating systems in 15 campus buildings to reduce energy consumption.

For the six-day period over the Christmas and New Year’s breaks, Emory saved an estimated $15,000 during the holiday energy shutdown. Other savings include 2,511,000,000 BTUs and 458,000 pounds of CO2 emissions avoided. This energy savings is roughly equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 41 cars or the average carbon sequestered by roughly 46 acres of pine or fir forest.

Emory has made a commitment to reduce energy use by 25 percent per square foot by 2015. 

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