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.
Facilities & Services will send out energy alerts to campus during periods when peak energy demand is forecasted for the regional grid, and conservation efforts at the university should be maximized. Energy alerts request that all students, faculty, and staff increase their effort to conserve electricity and reduce demand to the greatest extent possible. Conservation practices such as turning off lights and unplugging all non-essential equipment can have a significant impact. Conserving energy is everyone's responsibility and helps the campus meet its climate commitment. More energy conservation tips are available on the Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP)