The Princeton University Facilities organization works aggressively to reduce the amount of energy used by the campus. Facilities works to design, operate and maintain energy systems and processes that meet or exceed the sustainability goals of the University. The energy management plan is not a single project, but a strategic and tactical effort consisting of many individual projects. Collectively, these projects are the heart of Princeton's campus energy management plan.
Another aspect of the energy management plan is to support the academic mission of the University by maintaining critical environmental conditions required by special systems on campus (e.g., laboratories, rare books, animal facilities, cleanrooms), as well as maintaining comfortable and healthy indoor air quality. The quality and quantity of lighting in academic and other spaces plays important role as well.
The Facilities organization responds to energy management problems with long- and short-term solutions. The initiatives include energy auditing/screening, energy metering projects, energy management projects, maintenance projects, construction projects, and operational refinements. Working in tandem with the Princeton Energy Plant, the implementation and continuous refinement of the energy management plan have had a very positive impact on Princeton's carbon footprint. Princeton's carbon emissions reduction goal, as stated in the Sustainability Plan, is to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Current Campus Energy Production and Use
Real-time data is drawn from the same system that is used by the plant operators to monitor energy usage and production on campus. Our energy production data can be seen at the SunPower website dedicated to our system.