Clemson University is committed to energy conservation as a means of reducing its environmental footprint while also lowering operational costs.
To meet the requirements of the SC Legislative Bill H4766 which became effective June 11, 2008, a campus-wide Sustainable Energy Policy was approved by the Administrative Council with a goal of reducing energy consumption per gross square foot of building space by 20% by 2020.
Clemson has also adopted two sustainability goals: the 2020 and 2030 plans.
By adhering to this policy, the university's goal is to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020 relative to the fiscal year 2000 baseline.
Clemson plans to achieve this goal by promoting sustainable energy initiatives designed to lower the consumption of energy on campus and reduce its carbon footprint. By implementing operational changes, such as installing high efficiency fluorescent lighting in classrooms and facilities, while also encouraging behavioral changes such as turning off lights, computers and other office equipment, Clemson is poised to reach this goal.
In an effort to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Clemson also has a long range goal to increase its energy sourcing from renewable resources by 10% by fiscal year 2025.
Click on the images below to see live stats on two of Clemson's on-campus solar installations. The Life Science Building features a 15kW flat solar array, while Fluor Daniel features a 15kW tilted solar array. As Clemson continues to innovate to reach for it's 2020 and 2030 goals, solar installations will play a major role in meeting our energy needs.
Interested in our other projects? Click here to see more of what Facilities is doing around campus.
By adhering to this policy, the university's ultimate goal is to achieve net neutrality of emissions by 2030.
Not to be confused with the 20% by 2020 effort focused on reducing electricity, the university's ultimate goal for 2030 is an all-encompassing approach to our ecological footprint. Under this goal Clemson aims not only to serve as a leader among higher education institutions but as a living lab for students to learn more about future technologies and sustainable practices.
Clemson University is committed to pursuing strategic priorities to achieve neutrality:
Generate energy innovations through research and technology transfer;
It is not only appropriate for Clemson to be involved in the development of the green economy, it is mandatory.
Facilities is currently pursuing installing infrastructure that will enable students to see real-time energy usage statistics on campus. The dashboard will allow users to drill down to specific buildings, see historical data on buildings, and see in real-time the impacts of upgrades made by University Facilities to decrease energy usage. With the dashboard, residence halls can compete in competitions in energy reduction and see the impact of the choices they are making.