Sustainability events around campus this academic year

Policies, practices and projects that UNCG already does or has committed to do


  • Facilities Operations implemented a UNCG Energy Plan (This is different from an Energy Policy that UNCG would need to sanction and implement-see above)
  • Reviewed the specifications for HVAC equipment that is subject to replacement by ensuring that it is not oversized; and, for building automation systems that are programmable, the training to ensure that these systems are properly programmed.
  • Made HVAC systems more efficient by upgrading them in conjunction with renovation projects and were fitted
  • Established Direct Digital Control for regulating HVAC.
  • Replaced minor motorized equipment that is subject to replacement with premium efficiency motors. For purposes of this subdivision, 'premium efficiency motor' means a motor that meets or exceeds a set of minimum full-load efficiency standards developed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).
  • Replaced incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Installed occupancy sensors or optical sensors (Some of this has been done, but not consistently and in all UNCG Buildings.)
  • Disconnected lamps in drink vending machines during evening hours
  • Encouraged the use of power save feature on computers, monitors, copiers, fax machines, and other office
  • Installed front load washers in all laundry rooms in on-campus residence halls
  • Installed instantaneous water heaters in 12 UNCG buildings
  • Purchase only ‘Energy Star’ office equipment and appliances
  • Integrated energy management under a single Energy Management Engineer
  • Executed performance contracts to fund utility upgrades
  • Established by the State of North Carolina, UNCG and all other state system institutions of higher education will reduce their energy consumption by: 20% per gross square foot by 2010 and 30% per gross square foot by 2015, based on energy consumption for the 2003-2004 fiscal year


  • Installed aerators in sink faucets that reduce the flow of water to a rate of no more than five-tenths gallons per minute (0.5 g.p.m.)
  • Installed low flow toilets that reduce the flow of water to a rate of no more than one and five-tenths gallons per minute (1.5 g.p.m.)
  • Installed showerheads that reduce the flow of water to a rate of no more than one and five-tenths gallons per minute (1.5 g.p.m.)
  • Reset hot water heaters to a water temperature of 120 degrees
  • Installed water efficient dishwasher at Dining Hall that reduced water consumption by 50%
  • Trained staff to monitor the use of irrigation systems and to base the use of the system on the moisture content of the soil, and either the elimination of potable water for irrigation or the reduction of water consumption in the building by 20%, based on water consumption for the 2002-2003 fiscal year
  • Limited irrigation to early morning hours to reduce evaporation
  • Installed rain gauges on all irrigation systems to shut off sprinklers during rainy weather
  • Installed non-potable water wells to irrigate the baseball and soccer fields and golf course
  • Installed non-potable water well for vehicle washing
  • Installed sub-meters on irrigation and cooling towers to receive non-sewer credits for water that does not go into the City of Greensboro sewer system
  • Established a process of finding and repairing leaks.
  • Installed most buildings with sub-meters that the campus can read and manually enter into a database

Page updated: 17-Feb-2009

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