Green Power in Public Areas
Each year Housing & Dining Services purchases over 3,000,000 kWh of green power for all public areas of the department including dining centers, administrative offices, lobbies, and lounges. Green power is purchased with money saved from energy-efficiency programs including lighting retrofits and more efficient heating and cooling systems.
On Site Renewable Energy
Aspen Hall, which is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified, features a thermal plant with a 12.6 kW solar array, 95 percent energy efficient boilers for heating water, and an innovative thermal energy storage system. The system makes ice at night when electric rates are lowest and then reverses the process during the day to melt the ice and cool the building.