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Energy and Climate

Energy and Climate

Sustainability involves practices "that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." - Gro Harlem Brundtland, Our Common Future (1987)

Economic and social well-being cannot be improved with measures that destroy the environment. Intergenerational solidarity is also crucial: all development has to take into account its impact on the opportunities for future generations. - Sustainable Development - Concept and Action (

Strategic Energy & Water Plan July 2014 - June 2015

Executive Summary

Fayetteville State University's 2014-15 Strategic Energy & Water Plan is in direct support of FSU's Strategic Plan 2009-2014, specifically:

  • Strategic Priority 6 - Fiscal resourcefulness and sustainability.
  • Initiative 4 - Develop/implement environmental sustainability programs.
  • Principal Accountability Indicator 3 - Develop a conservation plan to include reduced energy/water consumption. 
  • American College and University President's Climate Commitment Signatory (2010)
  • FSU's Sustainability Policy (2011)
  • FSU's Climate Action Plan (2012)

The purpose of the Plan is to guide the fiscally and environmentally responsible usage of valuable resources in accordance with state legislation, while striving to ensure a safe positive learning environment that provides an acceptable level of comfort for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Key elements of this 2014-15 FSU Strategic Energy & Water Plan include:

  • Make regular presentations to faculty, staff and students to drive energy and water conservation behavior change on campus
  • Convene the FSU Sustainability Coalition quarterly and present detailed utility reports to the Coalition
  • Implement a Building Manager Program at all FSU facilities
  • Incorporate sustainability principles in at least 1 course per semester in the 2014-15 academic year
  • Publish the 2013-14 FSU Campus Sustainability Report
  • Complete LEED-Silver certification of new high performance buildings on campus
  • Include building commissioning on all new construction and major renovation projects on campus
  • Start or continue two Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) at FSU
  • Identify key opportunities to simultaneously optimize space utilization and energy management goals
  • Identify incentive programs from utility providers to reduce utility expenses
  • Include utility sub-meters on all new construction and major renovation projects
  • Implement a real-time, web-based energy and sustainability dashboard application 

North Carolina Legislataive basis for the Plan

  1. Session Law 2007-546 / Senate Bill 668 - Energy consumption per gross square foot to be reduced by 20% by 2010 and 30% by 2015 based on the 2003-2004 fiscal year.  Each State institution of higher learning to update its management plan annually and include strategies for supporting consumption reduction requirements. Each university shall submit an annual Strategic Energy Plan to the State Energy Office.
  2. Session Law 2008-203 / Senate Bill 1946 - Energy Efficiency: 30% reduction for new construction projects, 20% reduction for renovation projects (both based on 2004 codes). Water efficiency: for construction/renovation projects 20% reduction in indoor potable water use, and sum of outdoor potable water use and harvested storm water use will be reduced by 50% (based on 2006 NC Building Code).  These requirements are mandatory for universities 8/8/2008.  
  3. NC Executive Order 156 - State Government Environmental Sustainability, Reduction of Solid Waste, and Procurement of Environmentally Preferable Products.
  4. General Statute 143 64.12 - Utility Saving Initiative for State Agencies and State Institutions of Higher Learning.
  5. UNC-GA Sustainability Policy - Adopted into the UNC Policy Manual on October 9, 2009. References both NC Senate Bills above, as well as portions of UNC Tomorrow.

Plan Goals and Objectives

  1. Create organizational culture change for energy and water efficiency and conservation
    1.1 Educate faculty, students and staff about their responsibility in FSU energy and water conservation
    1.2 Create and facilitate committees/groups and convene them regularly to champion culture change
    1.3 Host events both on and off campus to raise awareness and engage participants
  2. Reduce campus energy and water consumption
    2.1 Design and construct only LEED-Certified, high-performing, energy and water efficient buildings
    2.2 Include building commissioning in all new construction and major renovation projects
    2.3 Implement energy and water conservation measures in campus facilities and operations
  3. Reduce utility expenses by working with utility providers on rates, incentives and other strategies
    3.1 Ensure appropriate utility rate schedules and accurate billing
    3.2 Identify and participate in all available utility incentive programs
    3.3 Sub-meter campus facilities to inform strategies to reduce utility expenses

Detailed Goal and Objective Tables

Annual Campus Sustainability Reports

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