Energy Use



  • There is a campus-wide effort to update lighting systems in each building. Morton, Jones, McGlothlin-Street, and James Blair Halls have all undergone lighting renovations in the past year. Adair is the next building to undergo a lighting renovation.
  • Occupancy sensors are now in place in almost every office, lab, and building across campus. Swem Library alone has over 200 occupancy sensors, paid for by the first round of Green Fees project spending.
  • The lighting at William and Mary Hall will be overhauled in the next year. Globe lights in the hallways will be replaced with linear fluorescent bulbs, and the rest of the incandescent lights will be replaced in the near future.
  • The Facilities Management shops behind the Campus Center are receiving 12 LED wall pack fixtures for their outdoor light fixtures.
Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning


  • Variable Speed Drives are now being placed in HVAC systems across campus; Washington and Tyler Halls were upgraded this spring.
  • Direct digital control over HVAC systems in each building is the norm for all new and renovated buildings on campus. Morton is currently being upgraded to digital control. The Jamestown residence halls, the Rec Center, the Laycock building, Miller Hall, and the School of Education all have or will have digital control.
  • A new HVAC chemical treatment program will improve energy efficiency and reduce water use all across campus.
  • In buildings where there is no centrally controlled system (such as the Jamestown Road offices), individual programmable thermostats have been installed.
On-Campus Production

Each of the two on-campus steam power plants have been renovated.

  • The plant behind Swem Library has been consolidated and renovated.
  • The plant behind the Campus Center has been gutted; the decades old infrastructure has been replaced. #6 oil (which creates a high amount of greenhouse gas emissions) is no longer used in the plant. 99.9% of the fuel used in the plant is natural gas. Oil is used mainly as a backup fuel.
  • A new chiller plant and new piping are coming soon to the Campus Center plant, each providing savings in efficiency.
  • All chillers and towers are being replaced on buildings on old campus. These provide 30% of the campus's thermal load, and will see a large increase in efficiency.
  • A new hot-water loop operates at a lower temperature than before.
  • In the Sorority Court / College Apartments / Brown area, each building received a new heating system, each with individual natural gas controls, and new steam and hot water piping.
  • Energy Star applicances are the standard for all applicance purchasing at the College.
  • LEMA premium motors are the standard for purchased motors.
  • The grounds & landscape equipment runs mostly on purchased biodiesel fuel.