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Energy & Greenhouse Gases

The Department of Facilities Management is actively looking at ways to help promote sustainability initiatives and increase awareness by exploring and implementing greener alternatives. The following changes in campus facilities and systems have helped to minimize energy waste and thus minimize the university's carbon footprint:

  • Conversion of existing indoor lighting to T-8 florescent lamps and electronic ballasts
  • Installation of variable speed drives on various HVAC air handlers
  • Installation of in-direct evaporative coolers in the North Gym
  • Installation of a 30,000 ton/hour thermal energy storage tank
  • Improvement of the outdoor lighting throughout the campus
  • Installation of Vending Misers on soft drink machines
  • Installation of window film to reduce HVAC requirements
  • Replacement of 42,000 standard florescent lamps with 22,000 high efficiency lamps throughout the campus
  • Installation of a "plate and frame" heat exchanger for free cooling
  • Installation of adjustable frequency drives on pumps and cooling water
  • Upgrade of the Energy Management System computer software
  • Re-commissioning of the Science I and Kremen Education buildings systems (Building Commissioning)
  • Re-commissioning of the Central Plant, Family and Food Science and Social Science HVAC systems (Building Commissioning)
  • Conversion of electric motors to high efficiency motors

For information about the our campus carbon emission download the California State University, Fresno Audit of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for 2007-2008 Fiscal Year.

Here are Ways We are Thinking Green:

  • Focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, such as Solar Photovoltaic Canopy Parking structure. This structure provides~ 20% of core campus power and offsets ~950 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions - equivalent to planting over 24,300 trees or eliminating 200 years per year from our roads.
  • Focusing on energy saving programs, to include but not be limited to the following:
    • Conversion of all existing lighting to LED
    • Installation of variable speed drives on various HVAC air handlers
    • Installation of in-direct evaporative coolers in the North Gym
    • Installation of a 30,000 ton/hour thermal energy storage tank
    • Installation of occupancy sensors in classrooms, offices, and athletic facilities
    • Installation of Vending Misers on soft drink machines
    • Installation of window film to reduce HVAC requirements
    • Replacement of 42,000 standard florescent lamps with 22,000 high efficiency lamps throughout the campus; starting LED conversion
    • Installation of a "plate and frame" heat exchanger for free cooling
    • Installation of adjustable frequency drives on pumps and cooling tower
    • Upgrade of the Energy Management System computer software
    • Re-commissioning of the Science I and Kremen Education buildings systems (Building Commissioning)
    • Re-commissioning of the Central Plant, Family and Food Science and Social Science HVAC systems (Building Commissioning)
    • Conversion of electric motors to high efficiency motors
    • Replacement of existing boilers with high-tech boilers, reducing fuel consumption by 17%.
    • Integrating Design Construction Practices - Facilities Management works with contractors and architects to create integrated designs that maximize building infrastructure without sacrificing the environment.
    • Focusing on Air Quality - Facilities Management is working to lower its carbon footprint on campus through conservation, better space utilization, developing green spaces and planting trees, encouraging the use of CNG vehicles, and developing renewable energy projects.
    • ‘Greening’ Interiors Development - Facilities Management dynamically explores and wherever possible uses greener alternatives in the campus environment. These materials include the following:
      • Carpet
      • Paints
      • Adhesives
      • Textiles
      • Furniture – for example:
        • Request for alternative product packaging for waste reduction
        • Used furniture repurposing.
    • Reaching Target: Waste Management: 100% sorted and re-cycled
    • Improving Outside Environments - Facilities Management is working on improving outdoor spaces to help preserve the environments by:
      • Using semi-permeable paving materials to reduce storm drain run-off
      • Planting low water use plants
      • Mulching planting beds
      • Installing automatic irrigation
      • Cutting irrigation use of campus by 30%.