Because purchased electricity and other sources of energy production account for 69% of UNCG’s greenhouse gas emissions, it’s critical that the university implement initiatives that increase energy efficiency in existing and future buildings. Likewise, it’s important that everyone in our campus community take responsibility for their personal energy use in their offices and dorms. 25,000 people making eco-conscientious decisions, like turning off lights and computers when not in use and complying with UNCG's Standards of Comfort, all help reduce UNCG’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s important to note that UNCG’s total annual electricity consumption (kWh) has increased 17% over the past ten years, a period in which the university has seen substantial growth in square footage and population. However, we are happy to report that energy and water consumption per square foot at UNCG have decreased significantly since 2003, the baseline year established by the State of North Carolina. Overall, UNCG has reduced total kWh of electricity per square foot by 17% since 2003. Likewise, natural gas consumption per square foot has been reduced by 16% since 2003.
Overall, UNCG decreased Energy Use Intensity (EUI) by 18.38%, and the EUI for 2018-19 was the lowest the University has ever recorded (102,839 Btu/gsf).
Additionally, UNCG continued, for the 11th year, the Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract (a 12 year Performance Contract) for four buildings on campus (Graham Building, Bryan Building, Mossman Building, and Jackson Library) along with the McIver Chiller Plant. The guaranteed energy savings for the tenth year was $806,548, with a total $6.97 million in avoided costs over the past ten years of the program.