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Energy & Climate

Addressing Climate Change

EKU recognizes the importance of reducing its carbon footprint and the role the University plays in educating its students and employees on the threat of climate change.  On October 20, 2015, EKU President Michael Benson signed the Second Nature Climate commitment, a pledge of leadership committing the University to developing a plan and identifying a target date for achieving carbon neutrality.  EKU adopted its first Climate Action & Resiliency Plan in February 2017 and has begun implementing many of the carbon mitigation strategies outlined within it.  

  • EKU has set a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2036! Click here to learn more about the plan.

In 2016, EKU's carbon footprint was calculated at 98,699 MTCO2e (Scopes 1, 2, & 3).  2016 GHG Inventory Snapshot

  • FY2016 Emissions Per Campus User - 8.0 MTCO2e
  • FY2016 Emissions Per Building 1,000 Sq. Ft. - 18.3 MTCO2e

Renewable Energy

EKU installed a 7 panel solar PV system on the roof of its Science Building in 2014. This array produces approximately 1,400 kWh per year.

  • Click here to view the energy dashboard, and see how much electricity our solar panels are currently producing!

A 20 panel solar PV array was installed in July 2017 near the Science Building that generates approximately 10,300 kWh per year.

  • See a live feed of our solar production below!
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EKU has developed a partnership with UCapture, a rewards shopping platform that offsets carbon emissions for free when you shop with its over 2,500 online retail partners. Students, employees, and community members should click here to register for UCapture to help EKU meet it's carbon neutrality goal.


Energy Efficiency

Since 2008, EKU has saved nearly $3M per year on its energy costs as a result of energy efficiency initiatives including a successful energy savings performance contract with Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.  EKU regularly evaluates opportunities to reduce its energy consumption through lighting retrofits, HVAC system overhauls, steam line repairs, and building scheduling adjustments. In 2014, EKU President Michael Benson commissioned the development of the EKU Energy Infrastructure Investment & Master Plan to help identify key opportunities for improving the Univerisity's resource efficiency.

Help EKU save energy and reduce its carbon footprint by taking action to reduce your energy consumption. Our goal is to get all of students living on campus to take easy energy-reducing actions. Even if you don’t live on campus, calculate your impact on the planet, and then take action to lower your carbon footprint and shrink your utility bills by doing one or all of the following:

  • Turn off all lamps/lights, electronics (TV’s, computer monitors, fans, etc) when not in use or when leaving the room
  • Unplug all electronics when leaving for the weekend or breaks to prevent phantom power use (Use a power strip for any electronics and it will make easier to turn off!)
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs in lamps to LED bulbs which use lower wattages
  • Take shorter, cooler showers
  • Only run full loads of laundry and use cold water
  • Clean out the dryer lint before/after use
  • Put your desktop, laptop, tablet, and iPod to sleep mode when not in use
  • Walk, bike or carpool when possible

Click here to learn more tips on living a more environmentally considerate lifestyle!

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