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Energy is central to sustainability. It affects all aspects of living—social, economic, and environmental. As stewards of our environment and caretakers of this institution of higher education, it is incumbent upon us to use energy wisely, and to teach the university community to do the same.

What have we done?

    • Facilities Management maximizes natural cooling (fresh air) as much as possible. More energy efficent HVAC systems are being used as well.
    • During Summer, buildings are sub-cooled in order to reduce peak electricity (chiller) use. This is in accordance with the building temperature policy.
    • Variable frequency drive motors are being installed where practical and as funding allows.
    • We are in the process of renovating the lab hood controls at the Durham Science Center to improve energy consumption. This will have a major impact on energy use in this building.
    • Lighting retrofits are being done throughout campus as funding allows.
    • Occupancy sensors are in use in the following buildings: Peter Kiewit Institute, Criss Library, College of Public Affairs and Community Services, Health, Physical Education & Recreation, Mammel Hall and the Welcome Center, reducing lighting loads when not needed. These devices will continue to be included where practical in new construction and major renovation projects
    • Energy use is constantly monitored by Maintenance and Operations Services, to ensure proper and efficient operation.
    • UNO is going through the process of formal building energy audits to determine the greatest needs for enegry improvement.
    • The IS department is working to conserve energy through the use of power saving techniques and more efficient servers.

What can we do?

    • Turn off lights when rooms are unoccupied (when outside the room for more than 1 minute).
    • Do not use portable heaters without the expressed consent of the Utilities Manager! Request permission by contacting Larry Morgan at or 554-2500.
    • Conserve energy by keeping thermostats at 68F in winter (heating) and 78F summer (cooling).
    • See other energy savings tips.

More Information:

About Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Energy Information Administration (EIA)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)