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Campus Energy Master Plan

Environmental awareness is central to campus life at DePauw University. Commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability is a long-term source of pride and tradition.

Campus Energy Master Plan Graphic 


DePauw University, working with Ecosystem Energy Services, is transforming its energy infrastructure.

Planning for the Campus Energy Master Plan began in 2017 when the university’s facilities department, working with Ecosystem Energy Services, developed a long-term energy infrastructure strategy to renew heating and cooling systems to lower costs and improve sustainability.

CEMP Benefits

  • 33% reduction in campus-wide energy use = energy used by 750 midwestern homes
  • 7,303 tons reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions = 2,303 cars off the road each year
  • Improved reliability -> comfortable learning environment
  • Increased heating and cooling capacity -> future campus growth
  • Energy savings -> go toward funding the project

CEMP Projects in Chronological Order of Implementation

  • LED lighting upgrade
  • Campus-wide heating and cooling network upgrade
  • Central cooling plants upgrade
  • Central heating plant upgrade
  • Controls optimization
  • Low-flow showerheads

CEMP Progress

Work began in May of 2019 

LED lighting upgrade in the pool

  • 75% energy consumption reduction

pool photos before and after

LED Lighting Upgrade in the Tennis Center 

  • 63% energy consumption reduction
  • 22% increased lighting output
  • Noticeable noise reduction
  • Improved lighting uniformity

tennis court photos before and after

New Piping Networks 

cross section of trench with piping examples and purpose

The piping networks that distribute heating and cooling across the campus are undergoing essential work, replacing fractured and leaking pipes. A mile of trenches, around four feet deep, will be dug to accommodate durable new piping in preparation for an energy-efficient upgrade of the heating and cooling system.