UNC Chapel Hill Morrison Residence Hall competed in the 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals competition organized by Lucid, USGBC Center for Green Schools, NWF, and ASE. Morrison Residence Hall was one of the top five schools with the greatest average percent reduction in electricity. Savings ranged from 16-19% reductions across all participating buildings.
This year more than 300,000 students at 120 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada collectively saved 2,114,844 kilowatt-hours of electricity — equivalent to averting 2,426,040 pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere and saving $160,000. Students also saved nearly 1,681,241 million gallons of water, or the equivalent of 11,208 hours of shower use.
Energy Management is responsible for decreasing university energy and water consumption and reducing UNC's carbon footprint. We do this by monitoring and controlling energy use and improving efficiency in university buildings. Explore our blog to learn about energy-saving initiatives and how you can get involved!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
UNC at Chapel Hill announced today that its NC Area Health Education Center, Tarrson Hall and Neurosciences Building successfully crossed the finish line in EPA’s 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.
NC Area Health Education Center reduced its energy use by more than 20 percent placing 11th overall among all 3,000 competitors for energy use reductions. Additionally, Tarrson Hall and Neurosciences were formally recognized for placing in the top 10 percent in energy reductions.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
UNC Morrison Residence Hall is competing again in the Lucid Campus Conservation Nationals competition. They have also entered a video in the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology-Campus Conservation Nationals 2013 Video Contest. Please vote for them at CCN Video contest tab of the Campus Ecology facebook page.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
UNC Energy Management Saving Energy For The Holidays
Before leaving for any extended period, please:
1. Shut down desktop and laptop computers unless instructed otherwise by IT or administrative staff. If your computer, speakers, phone charger, etc., are all on one power strip, turn off the power strip after shutting down your computer.
2. Unplug nonessential equipment such as copiers, fax machines, printers, scanners, and chargers. Most equipment draws electricity even when turned off.
3. Unplug all appliances, including coffee makers, microwaves, televisions, and radios. Like office equipment, many appliances use electricity even when turned off.
4. Turn off office lights and as much public lighting as possible in hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, and conference rooms.
5. Check windows to make sure they are tightly closed and locked.
6. Check faucets in bathrooms and break rooms to make sure they are completely turned off and not dripping.
7. Turn down thermostats to 65 degrees.
8. If you work in a lab with variable air volume fume hoods, shut the sash completely (just as you should any time the hood is not in use).
9. Call in any leaks or maintenance issues to your Facilities Services team (962-3456 or
These tips will help keep your building safe and energy-efficient over the holidays.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Energy Management!
Monday, November 12, 2012
EPA’s Battle of the Buildings fights energy waste
On Nov. 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program marked the midpoint of its 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. In the first six months of the competition alone, the competitors together have saved more than $37 million on utility bills and prevented 130,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions – that’s equal to the electricity used by 16,000 homes annually.
Teams from more than 3,200 buildings around the country are going head-to-head in this year’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition to see who can reduce their energy use the most. The building with the largest percentage reduction in energy use, adjusted for weather and the size of the building, will be recognized as the winner in November.
Up to the midpoint, UNC Chapel Hill has seen a reduction in energy consumption of 9% at Tarrson Hall, 14% at NC AHEC Bldg, and 15% at Neurosciences Research Bldg. This is a cumulative savings of $505,918 and a prevention of 1124 metric tons of CO2 emissions!!
According to EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere each year.
For complete midpoint results for all competitors, visit http://www.energystar.gov/BattleOfTheBuildings
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
- Did you every wonder why we ask you to keep the windows closed? Well, here is a.. relatively.. short note on why. Enjoy!
So what about opening your windows for your office on campus?
Seems like a great idea right? Most people don’t want that musty and hot air coming from the vents when it’s nice outside. It IS nice to open your window when it’s 65 degrees outside and hear the birds and what ...not. Right? As always there’s an opposing viewpoint to opening your office windows. Those of us tasked with heating, cooling, ventilating and dehumidifying your building would rather you leave your windows closed.
The building’s heating and cooling system performs several jobs. One is to heat and cool your space of course, but others jobs include taking the humidity out of the air and slightly pressurizing the building.
First let’s talk about dehumidifying the air. It’s more comfortable and less likely to grow mold in the building when humidity is less than 60%. It takes a lot of energy to do this though so we try not to go too far, only as much as needed to keep it safely below 60%.
The system also needs to pressurize the building slightly. That means it takes in more air than it exhausts which results in a tiny bit of air blowing out of exterior doors and cracks in the building. This helps keep unconditioned hot, cold, or humid air from entering the building creating drafts. It also keeps bugs out.
When we open our windows then the building system cannot properly condition the air nor can it pressurize the building. This is the stuff that causes concern for the building maintenance folks. It can actually result in higher energy costs! That humidity and hot or cold temperatures goes back to the central system treating the whole building. The system has to work harder and given enough open windows, can’t keep up.
Most of our heating and cooling systems on campus are designed to use 100% outside air when it’s cool outside. This saves energy and provides the ‘fresh air’ we all want. When it comes through the system then it’s monitored to keep the humidity low, it’s filtered to keep pollen and bugs out and contributes a great deal to energy conservation efforts.
So keep those windows closed and help the heating and cooling system keep the building safe, comfortable and efficient.