Energy + the Built Environment

Studying how building occupants live and work within the built environment

Working to reduce demand side consumption is one important aspect, but also integrating more renewable energies at the building level is important as well. Moving away from campus coal-usage to natural gas, solar, and geothermal will be necessary in the coming decades. This will help IU move closer towards its goal of a carbon neutral campus.

Climate change is becoming increasingly relevant to life on campus and the built environment is a significant portion of that. A considerable amount of energy use on campus is focused on buildings and how its occupants consume energy. Greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, are directly related to that energy usage. Our annual campus Energy Challenge is working to engage students, faculty and staff to make behavior change toward a more energy efficient campus.

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Goals + Progress

By aligning the 2020 Vision Goals and the Bicentennial Strategic Plan, the University is working to:

  • educate and advocate for efficiencies in energy and building use on campus; and
  • to serve the triple bottom line of aligning goals to leverage impacts on society, the environment and the economy.

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Programs + Resources

Current initiatives such as the Energy Challenge help to leverage work done by facility operations. A continuously updated collection of resources can help you sustain IU to improve energy efficiency, raise awareness among students, and integrate energy consumption and sustainability across the University.

Learn More Here

Working Group

Open to faculty, staff, and students across all IU campuses, members of the working group meet monthly to collaborate on sustainable energy initiatives. To join these efforts, co-chaired by Mark Menefee, Stephen (Chip) Glaholt, please contact us.

The first Tuesday of every month from 3:30PM-4:30PM at the E-House.