Facilities Services is responsible for the management of all utilities - electric, natural gas, steam, and water - for the Frost, Medical Center, and Downtown campuses.
Spring 2014 saw Facilities Services' Strategic Action Team, Energy and Utilities Strategies, finalize reduction goals for energy and water consumption on campus. To meet these goals, Facilities Services is actively implementing sustainable energy and water practices. For more information about what Facilities Services is doing and what you can do to help, click on the following links:
Solar ¦ Energy ¦ Water ¦ Measurement &Tracking Initiatives ¦ What Can You Do on Campus
Energy Goal: 20% reduction in energy intensity (BTU/GSF) by 2020 from the 2013 Baseline
The graph above shows the average decrease required each year to achieve the University's goal, shown by the line, compared to the actual consumption for each year, represented by the power lines.
Energy Projects: Below are a few of the energy project that have been implemented
- Building Sub-Metering: Many of SLU's buildings are clustered onto one electric meter. Sub-metering is being investigated for those buildings to be able to collect individual energy consumption numbers for tracking and analysis.
- Occupancy Sensors & Vending Misers
- Occupancy sensors for room lighting have been installed throughout campus to improve the energy efficiency of those buildings.
- In 2010, 105 vending machines were equipped with Vending Misers to manage the machine's lighting and compressor cooling cycles. The installation reduced energy usage by 157,000 kWh annually, for a savings of $10,229.
- LED Nativity Scene Christmas Lights: 2013 saw an upgrade for the Nativity Scene display located on the Medical Center Campus from incandescent to LED lighting. This upgrade saves 81.6 kWh of energy each night for a operational savings of $277.00 for the seven weeks the display is standing.
- Young Hall Auditorium: In 2014, Facilities Services replaced the auditorium lighting with LED bulbs. This upgrade saves 37,370 kWh of energy for an annual cost savings of $2,997.
20% reduction in potable water consumption (gallons/campus acre) by 2020 from the 2013 baseline
The graph above shows the average decrease required each year to achieve the University's goal, shown by the line, compared to the actual consumption for each year, represented by the water bottles.
Water Projects: Below are a few water reduction initiatives that have been implemented
- Building Sub-Metering: Many of SLU's buildings are clustered onto one water meter. Sub-metering is being investigated for those buildings to be able to collect individual water consumption numbers for tracking and analysis.
- Water-Saving Technologies: Where applicable, Facilities Services has installed low-flow faucets, shower heads, urinals, and toilets.
- Low-flow faucets use on average 30% less water than conventional faucets
- Current plumbing codes in St. Louis City and St. Louis County prohibit the use of water-free urinals
- RainBird's Maxicom2 Irrigation Management System: This centralized control system manages the operation of the irrigation system to reduce water usage, for example the system is capable of suspending irrigation if it is raining or just recently rained.
- Rainworks Stormwater Management Garden: In 2014, four civil engineering students designed and were awarded a grant from MSD to install a stormwater management garden on the east side of Busch Student Center, which is prone to erosion.
- SLU's Grounds Department installed the garden
- It is projected that the garden will be able to divert 7,473 cubic feet of water from the combined sewer system
Measurement and Tracking Initiatives:
- Utility Engineer: This dedicated position is devoted to managing campus utilities and Facilities Services is currently seeking candidates for this position.
- Responsible for the development and oversight of the Campus Energy Management Plan
- Actively coordinate energy initiatives, monitor & track energy strategies, and manage & track building operations to achieve higher efficiencies
- 25 X 20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Pledge: This initiative ties seamlessly with Facilities Service's energy and water reduction goals.
- Launched by the High Performance Building Initiative, which is coordinated by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter
- SLU joins University of Missouri - St. Louis and Webster University by taking the pledge
- Aligns with the City of St. Louis' goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020
- According to Energy Star data, companies that benchmark have an average energy savings of 7% over three years
- FAMIS: Facilities Services is in the process of implementing the FAMIS Utilities module which will allow for a more complete and concise collection of SLU's utility data.
- Metasys Building Automation System: The system has been configured to enable night setbacks as well as unoccupied and centralized operation of remote buildings.
- It is used to turn air handlers and pumps on and off according to the scheduling needs for a particular building or zone within a building
What You Can Do on Campus:
Slay Energy Vampires: Electronic appliances are constantly using energy; even when you think they are off. They instead go on "stand-by mode" and suck energy when you are not using them.
- Unplug all small appliances when not in use: cell phone chargers, coffee makers, microwaves, etc.
- Plug all computer equipment into a power saving strip that can be shut off with a switch
- Rule of thumb: anything that has a plug should be unplugged when not in use, if possible
- For a printable handout about how to slay energy vampires click here
Shutdown your computer at night: Leaving your computer on overnight can waste enough energy to laser-print 800 8.5 x 11 pages.
- That adds up to 2,600 kWh of energy each year and producing 1.9 tons of CO2
Switch off the lights when leaving the room.
Make to most of natural daylightt: Instead of turning on the lights, check to see if you have enough natural daylight to brighten your day.
Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth: This saves up to 10 quarts of water each time.
- Assuming two brushing a day, that totals more than 500,000 quarts over the average person's lifetime
Bath or Shower?: The average bath uses about 20 gallons of water whereas the average shower uses about half so reserve baths for special occasions.
- However, keep your shower time to below 5 minutes, otherwise you will be using at least as much as a bath.
Low water shaving: Instead of rinsing your razor under running water, use a few inches of warm water in the sink.
- This will rinse your razor just as effectively, using far less water
Report leaks: If you see any water leaks around campus (bathrooms, water fountains, etc.), use the FAMIS Work Order site to place a service request.