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Binghamton University budgets about $10 million a year to pay for electricity, natural gas, coal, wood chips, propane water and sewer services. Running the campus is a lot like running a small city.

Climate Commitment

In fall 2007, former Binghamton University president Lois B. DeFleur was a charter signatory in endorsing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). To date, over 640 universities nationwide have signed on to work toward a goal of climate neutrality. More information about those efforts is available here.

Energy Conservation

BInghamton University has been monitoring energy use and building operations with a sophisticated Energy Management System (EMS) since 1984. There are more than 100,000 points on the EMS system. The system allows control and programming of building mechanical, lighting and other systems in accordance with how the buildings are used/occupied. For example, when a building is not in use, systems can be curtailed so that energy is not wasted.

The EMS is improved continuously in an effort to reach a balance between human comfort and energy efficiency.

Since Binghamton University is a state entity, it also follows the mandates of  Executive Order 88.

Energy Saving Projects

Binghamton University continues to implement energy savings projects. Here are some examples:

Construction and Renovation

In projects that involve new construction and/or substantial renovation, LEED or green building standards are used. Binghamton University's first two LEED certified buildings are Mountainview's Windham and Cascade Halls. In 2009, the University Downtown Center earned LEED silver status. Bingham Hall in the new Newing Community and the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center also has LEED silver designation. Broome and Delaware halls in Newing have been certified LEED Gold. In 2013, LEED Platinum was attained for the Engineering and Science Building.

Energy savings features incorporated in these buildings include high efficiency mechanical equipment, lighting, motors and boilers, daylight views that reduce the need for lighting and a heat recovery system.

Building Temperatures

Building temperatures are kept at 68 degrees during heating season. Air conditioned buildings are kept at 74 degrees during cooling season.

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Last Updated: 11/7/13