The KU Center for Sustainability and KU Operations strive to minimize energy consumption in all University Buildings. By engaging, faculty, staff, and the student body, this office works in every layer of the University to target and eliminate energy waste while encouraging energy awareness campus wide.
Adhering to the Energy Policy, the KU Center for Sustainability is responsible for the following:
- Tracking building energy use and performance
- Monitoring efficiency in building mechanical systems
- Scheduling HVAC systems
- Maintaining energy control systems
- Lighting efficiency measures
- Training for behavior change in energy use
- Pursuing renewable energy generation on campus
KU Operations has been working with maintenance staff and building managers to replace incandescent lighting with LEDs as well as utilizing different energy conservation strategies for buildings that use a lot of lighting for long periods of time.
Monitoring the operations of building mechanical systems is an important way to eliminate wasteful energy use in the buildings. KU Operations is working with Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) maintenance staff to ensuring the highest performance of our building mechanical systems. This includes using improved energy control systems, scheduling air handling units, monitoring for simultaneous heating and cooling, and provide comfortable conditions efficiently within occupied spaces.
LEED Certified Buildings
Two buildings at the University of Kansas are LEED Platinum Certified: Center for Design & Research and Hill Engineering Research & Development Center. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.