Energy Conservation

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.

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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.