Campus energy use, from electricity and natural gas sources, generate two-thirds of our campus greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, the university spends over $2 Million annually on electricity and natural gas use.
This is at a cost nearly equivalent to $225 per student on the UCCS campus. Given market trends and student population growth, we will likely continue to observe increases in the costs associated with these expenditures. While this is the case, the University and Office of Sustainability continue our dedication towards alternative energy production, building energy efficiency, and education relating to consumption. As laid out within our Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Strategic Plan, we have put forward a framework for the responsible growth of our campus. The Sustainability Strategic Plan, "recognizes the seriousness of global climate change, UCCS will strive to reduce its contribution to greenhouse gases by reducing energy use, increasing energy efficiency and pursuing the use of renewable energy."
You can access UCCS-specific utility data (electric, gas, water, wastewater) by building. This data helps us identify potential retrofit projects and focus educational campaigns. UCCS students use this data as living-laboratory examples in their course studies. Click the button above to learn more about EnergyCap and how to access and understand this data.
As part of UCCS’ commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and foster a culture of sustainability on campus, the Office of Sustainability partnered with Environmental Health & Safety to develop the Green Lab program to evaluate and promote sustainable behavior and efficiency within campus laboratories. Click the button above to access resources to implement sustainable practices.
UCCS is a state university and therefore is charged by the State of Colorado "to take a position of leadership in the new energy economy. State government will reduce energy consumption, increase the use of renewable energy sources, increase the energy efficiency and decrease the environmental impact of the state vehicle fleet, implement environmental purchasing standards and reduce waste and increase recycling." On April, 2007, Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., signed the Greening of State Government Executive Orders D011 07 and D012 07, which sets a goal of reducing energy use by purchasing ENERGY STAR® products when available.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies and promotes energy efficient products and buildings for American consumers, businesses, and organizations to help reduce energy consumption, reduce pollution in the form of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and decrease environmental impact.