In July 2012, Temple launched the Energy Conservation Campaign. This bold campaign hopes to drastically cut the amount of energy the university uses with the goal of reducing energy use per square foot of building space by 25 percent over the next two years.
In fiscal year 2012, the university and Temple University Hospital had a $36.8 million combined utility bill and consumed 190,000 Btu per gross square foot. Upon successful completion of its goal, Temple will have lowered its energy consumption rate to 142,743 Btu per gross square foot.
Strategies for Reaching the Goals
The Energy Conservation Campaign will take a multi-faceted approach to reach the 25% conservation goal, including the following:
- Development of a Utility Master Plan, the first phase of which consists of developing an Energy Saving Strategies Plan that identifies energy conservation strategies and develops large scale efficiency projects; and,
- Creation of Energy Teams, which are building-specific teams made up of students, faculty and staff tasked with identifying energy conservation opportunities. The teams encourage and empower fellow building occupants to conserve energy and spread the word about the university’s energy conservation goals and accomplishments.