Energy & Environmental Management

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Environmental Management staff review energy data.

GW has over 600 utility accounts (electric, gas, water, etc.) that need to be paid on a monthly basis.  EEMO manages this flow of data and invoices to ensure GW's buildings are continually supplied by these essential utilities.

Energy and Environmental Management (EEMO) works closely with the Office of Sustainability to work towards our Climate Action Plan, GWater Plan, and Ecosystems Plan goals.  EEMO's members strive to reduce GW's consumption and costs through such programs as Eco-Challenge and the Eco-Building Program.  In the past 5 years, GW energy & water use intensity (consumption per square foot) have decreased about 6% & 8% per year, respectively, thanks to staff, faculty and student's efforts to be more conscious of usage, the installation of higher-efficiency appliances, and systematic upgrades to HVAC and lighting in campus buildings.

Eco-Building Program

The Eco-Building Program (EBP) has been installing more modern and efficient equipment in selected buildings to reduce energy and water use, operating costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.  These initiatives include:

  • More efficient use of potable water;
  • Upgrading old HVAC equipment like boiler controls, chillers, air-handling units;
  • Adding new HVAC equipment like variable-speed drives and variable-air-volume boxes;
  • Retro-commissioning older HVAC equipment;
  • Installing more energy-efficient lighting and controls. 

These projects are being developed using a holistic view of savings opportunities across campus.  Phase 1 focused on the Gelman Library block of buildings.  Phase 2 focused on the Lisner Hall block of buildings.  Phase 3 focused on Rice Hall, Marvin Center, and Funger and Duquès Halls.  Phase 4, which is about to begin, will include four buildings at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus. 

Spring 2016 Eco-Building Program Details for VSTC Staff/Faculty:

  • Facilities Services has partnered up with Southland Industries to improve  VSTC as part of GW’s Eco-Building Program (EBP);
  • EBP is GW’s “tool” to ‘Go Green’ by reducing our carbon footprint:  10% of our “40% by 2025” energy efficiency goal has been  reached through EBP1-3;
  • Construction to improve HVAC & lighting systems will begin mid-March and we are striving to minimize or eliminate disruptions to VSTC staff/faculty.  While there shouldn't be dust, there will be some noise in the penthouses on certain days, as well as cranes in the parking lot on a couple of days.
  • The most intrusive aspects will be when technicians enter every office/area to upgrade lighting and, for ExplorationHall, the VAVs, which control the HVAC air into the rooms.  Additional notification will be sent as final scheduling is detailed.   The work is anticipated to be complete by June and will improve thermal comfort in the three buildings while reducing energy use by up to 40 percent.