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Sustainability and Energy Management in DePauw Facilities

The Office of Facilities Management strives for sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions to facility needs.

Some sustainable accomplishments to date include:

  • Changing of 1500 incandescent bulbs to CFL
  • Re-lamping of buildings from t-12 to T-8 as opportunities arise
  • Use of Green Seal products for custodial services
  • Use of micro-fiber rags rather than paper
  • Over 800 recycling containers on campus
  • 2 LEED Certified buildings on campus
  • Recycling of used carpet
  • Began installing waterless urinals where applicable
  • Compost kitchen and yard waste
  • Annual recycling totals  100,000 lb paper and 50,000 lb co-mingle

Energy Management 

The Office of Facilities Management is responsible for the purchasing, distribution, and monitoring of energy consumed on the University campus.

Systems under the guidance of Facilities Management include:

  • Central Heating Plant
  • Air Conditioning Systems / Thermal Ice Storage Plant
  • Primary High Voltage Electrical distribution system
  • Natural Gas / Electrical systems for all buildings and living units
  • University Energy Management System
  • Reverse Osmosis Water Systems
  • All potable and waste water systems

It is our goal to operate these systems in an efficient, cost effective manner, while maintaining a comfortable and safe environment for our campus community. 

We strive to be good stewards of our natural resources and work to conserve energy whenever possible. DePauw University is the proud recipient of two Gold LEED certifications for new buildings and is committed to LEED certification of future construction projects. Questions regarding energy consumption and conservation should be directed to Facilities Management at 765-658-4233.

Annually, DePauw consumes:

  • 172 million pounds of steam
  • 65 million gallons of water
  • 170 million cubic feet of natural gas
  • 30 million kilowatts of electricity
Office of Sustainability

Office of Sustainability

To learn more about DePauw's commitment to sustainability and its efforts to encourage sustainable practices across the University, please visit the Office of Sustainability's website.

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