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Penn State Behrend
Indicator 1: Decrease the amount of energy used for campus
of the most important issues associated with reducing our energy
requirement is looking at how much energy we use, how we use it,
and how we can minimize the costs associated with that usage (fiscal
following are some Behrend energy conservation methods and alternatives
currently being used:
- Junker Center is heated through
an air-heat circulation system utilizing pool water.
- Otto Behrend Science Building
boiler operates on a thermostatic night setback and a program
of reduction in domestic hot water temperature.
- Most buildings have energy-efficient
ballasts and F32T82 bulbs (energy efficient fluorescent bulbs).
- During semester breaks a portion
of ights in the parking lots are turned off and heat is reduced
in many buildings.
- Almy and Ohio Halls are heated
(HVAC and water) by geothermal energy.
classroom buildings are equipped with motion sensors to turn light
fixtures on and off.
While these initiatives are a good beginning, there is more
that can be done to reduce energy usage. Some areas for improvement
faculty/staff/students to turn off lights when leaving rooms.
use of natural lighting where/when applicable.
personal should be responsible for turning off unnecessary lights
after hours and on weekends.
Install motion sensors at the tennis courts, Erie Hall gym, Academic
Building classrooms, Hammermill-Zurn, selected common areas, lighted
paths, and parking lots.
staggered lighting system in the Junker gym and pool.
Put architectural lighting on timers.
Replace exit signs (and other applicable) with LED versions.
Weekends when computers are not in use they should be shut off.
All computers should be set for sleep mode.
Increase use of natural ventilation.
Encourage weather appropriate clothing.
Ensure efficiency of all windows.
Replace all incandescent bulb with compact florescent bulbs.
Replace remaining magnetic ballast T12 type fixtures with electronic
ballast T8 or TS fixtures.
- Investigate/install solar-powered outdoor lighting near REDC,
at soccer scoreboard, and for path lighting.
Determine/increase amount of wind-powered energy purchased.
Incorporate green practices in energy systems of new buildings.
Audit old motors on campus.
Control switches for HVAC systems (students have figured out how
to trick the system).
Feasibility of installing double pane or glazed glass in Science,
Nick, and Reed buildings.
Determine feasibility of natural gas wells and cogeneration (Reed
Feasibility of park-and-ride system.
vehicle traffic on campus.
costs for driving to campus vs. alternative methods.
Feasibility of replacing maintenance vehicles, mowers, snow blowers,
leaf blowers, etc. with hybrid or electric vehicles and machines
and re-evaluate human-powered options.
Evaluate thermostatic controls for heating and cooling.
Evaluate solar and wind potential of areas on campus and wind/solar
costs with payback time for selected buildings on campus.
Feasibility of installing electronic strikers on all gas pilots.
Pareto analysis (analysis method that identifies the most important
changes to make) of energy-saving measures.