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The purpose of this policy is to put measures in place to realistically and comprehensively reduce energy consumption, and improve energy efficiency on campus consistent with the needs for a safe, secure, inviting campus community. This is to be accomplished by developing an aggressive and progressive approach for efficient energy use. This policy will be reviewed and updated periodically as public awareness, management techniques and technologies change.

Applies to: 

All Lawrence Campus faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Table of Contents: 
Policy Statement: 
  1. Introduction
    The University of Kansas (KU) spends more than $12 million annually on utility costs, including electricity, natural gas, water, waste removal, and other services.  This consumption results in the release of more than 238,000 metric tons of carbon equivalents (MT eCO2) each year. We are therefore committed to a policy of energy efficiency and energy conservation, to reduce our fiscal and environmental impacts. While Facilities Services provides a number of services through maintenance, operations, and energy service contracting to help reduce consumption through mechanical means, faculty, staff, and students also have a responsibility to reduce individual impacts by adopting individual conservation measures. 
  2. Goals
    1. Reduce and stabilize energy consumption across campus to no higher than 100 KBtu/sqft.
    2. Encourage a culture of conservation on campus and within the greater community
    3. Meet the energy related goals outlined in The Campus Sustainability Plan, which are as follows:
      1. Establish a framework for making long-term energy-related decisions
      2. Reduce energy consumption throughout campus
      3. Transition from our current carbon-based system to a reliable renewable energy system
  3. Intended Benefits
    Meeting or exceeding these goals should result in the following benefits:
    1. Reduce rising utility costs on campus
    2. Extend the life of expensive equipment and facilities
    3. Reduce KU's greenhouse gas contribution
    4. Create a more healthy environment for our faculty, staff, students, visitors, and surrounding communities
    5. Promote new research and teaching opportunities focused on energy management and sustainability
  4. Enforcement and Interpretation
    Upon the effective date of these policies, the Vice Provost for Operations delegates all authorities for interpreting and enforcing the policies contained in this document to the Associate Vice Provost of Campus Operations
  5. Energy Standards
    The Energy Conservation Standards are devised in accordance with this policy and implemented by the University. The current Campus Energy Conservation Standards can be found here in the Policy Library.
Exclusions or Special Circumstances: 

Exemptions from the policy may be granted for extenuating circumstances, to include, but not limited to medical conditions, temperature sensitive research studies, animal care requirements, or special equipment requirements.  To request a medical exemption, contact Accessibility & ADA Education at hrdept@ku.edu or 785-864-4946.  For all other requests, contact the Energy Office at energy@ku.edu.


KU Energy Office

Approved by: 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Approved on: 
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Effective on: 
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
sustainability, energy, conservation, water, energy efficiency, buildings, construction, heating, lighting, cooling, water usage, transportation, purchasing, recycling, Center for Sustainability, Facilities Services
Change History: 

03/08/2019: Changed title VP for Administration and Finance to VP for Operations.
07/08/2016: Removed standards and incorporated them into a separate document.
01/27/2015: Added appropriate title of official for Approved by field
01/05/2015: Updated spacing for Contents field.
12/09/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
07/03/2014: Updated to reflect that Center for Sustainability (not Facilities Services) is the responsible party for the Recycling Program at KU, and ensure the title is accurate whenever Facilities Services is mentioned. Additional technical updates include selecting 'Lawrence' for the required Campus field; fixing the links in the List of Sections; adding numbering and bullet formatting to Policy Statement and updating broken links; reformatting Contact field; adding placeholder for Approved by; reformatted and fixed links under Related Other; added keywords.
04/01/2009: Updated to reflect “The current KU standard for new construction is 30% improvement on ASHRAE 90.1” and to include links to sustainability and energy conservation resources.

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