Energy

Binghamton University has invested millions of dollars in energy-savings projects to conserve natural resources and lower its impact on the environment.

Learn what we're doing to save energy across campus. You may also want to explore related efforts presented on our buildings, solar, water and computing pages.

  • Since 1984, the University has been monitoring energy use and building operations with a sophisticated, 100,000-point Energy Management System.
  • The EMS allows control and programming of each building's mechanical, lighting and other systems in accordance with how that building is being used/occupied. When a building isn't in use, systems are curtailed to conserve energy.
  • Energy, gas and water usage are closely monitored, with an eye on conservation.
  • Building temperatures are monitored and maintained at 68˚ during heating season and 74˚ during cooling season.
  • Free cooling is used whenever conditions are appropriate. This is the practice of using outside air to cool buildings.
  • Campus-wide lighting upgrades are underway. At present, 5% of our campus buildings have LED efficient lighting.
  • 880 inefficient exit signs were replaced with LED technology that consumes 95% less energy than incandescent signs and 80% less than fluorescent.
  • Boiler controls were upgraded across campus to reduce natural gas consumption and older motors were replaced with energy-efficient versions.
  • Air filters were replaced to improve air quality and reduce electricity consumption.
  • Variable speed drives were installed on major motors, pumps and fans to improve efficiency and reduce electricity consumption.
  • During the reconstruction of our Dickinson Community and Newing College residential halls as well as the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center that serves both facilities, the University installed hallway lighting with dual-timers that reduce power by 50% at night along with motion-sensitive lighting in rooms to reduce energy consumption

Last Updated: 8/13/14