The University has taken steps to address energy consumption and our resulting environmental and social impacts through conservation practices and more efficient operations:
- Established an Energy Policy with the goal of detailing, “Steps that will be taken to address…issues and reach the energy efficiency goals of the University.”
- The Lights Out! energy conservation competition in spring 2012 piloted individual and department-wide incentives, including prizes for participating in an energy pledge and a lunch for the winning building. Round two of Lights Out! took place in the spring of 2013.
- During the past year, DCM worked with KU Purchasing to establish a number of on-call service contracts to improve procurement efficiency, including one for building commissioning and testing services. These on-call vendors have already been engaged in providing commissioning services for a number of new building projects and renovations on campus, as well as retro-commissioning existing buildings.
- KU, like all state agencies and institutions of higher learning, is required to submit annual energy audits to the Kansas Department of Administration, which reports the results to the Governor and Legislature. Due to the large number of state-owned buildings managed by KU, we are allowed to audit 20 percent of the buildings per year on a five-year cycle. Over the past year Design & Construction Management (DCM) compiled and submitted the 2011 and 2012 energy audits for energy use during calendar years 2010 and 2011, respectively. Each report covered a different set of 40 buildings. The 2011 audit showed 13 of 40 buildings had 2010 energy use per square foot that is 10 percent or more above benchmark levels, and DCM has requested proposals for energy analyses of these buildings to identify ways to improve the energy efficiency to at least 10 percent below the benchmark levels. The 2012 audit showed all 40 buildings had 2011 energy use per square foot below benchmark levels. This is a very favorable outcome for KU.
- The Center for Sustainability plans to hold an energy summit in the spring of 2014 where universities from around the state will plan, commit, and implement policies for a more sustainability energy future.