UES sustainability initiatives have led to significant energy savings across the campus. In 2010, as part of the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)
, the university stated a goal of reducing energy use in buildings by 20% by FY15, as well as reaching a level of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through the implementation of centralized conservation programs, the university surpassed its FY15 goals and is now working toward a 30% reduction by FY25.
The award-winning Retrocommissioning (RCx)
program plays a large part in F&S energy conservation success. This is followed by the breakthrough energy performance contracting (EPC)
, which monetizes future energy cost reductions to fund conservation projects upfront. Additional centralized programs include the Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP)
, lighting retrofits, the use of LED lighting, energy recovery systems, and LEED certification programs.