Policy: Energy Management and Sustainability
|Date: 01/18/06||Policy ID: PRM-002||Status: Final|
|Contact Office:||Energy and Utilities Department or Facilities Management|
|Oversight Executive:||Vice President for Management and Budget|
|Applies To:||Academic Division and the College at Wise.|
|Table of Contents:||Policy Statement|
|Reason for Policy:||The University is committed to promoting energy conservation and efficiency, which can have a significant impact on the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and the use of non-renewable resources. In addition to the environmental benefits, energy conservation and efficiency decrease operational costs.|
The University of Virginia Energy Management and Sustainability Policy provides guidelines and procedures that foster energy conservation, efficiency and environmental stewardship with the goal of reducing energy usage, cost, and environmental impact including greenhouse gas emissions. While this policy is recommended for facilities that are leased by the University from other property owners, some aspects of this policy may not be applicable since operation, design and maintenance of these buildings are outside University control.
|Definition of Terms in Statement:||
Energy: Purchased fuels and the energy and utilities derived from them.
Energy Conservation: Initiatives and efforts aimed at achieving a reduction in energy usage and waste.
Energy Efficiency: The use of equipment that requires less energy to operate.
Energy Management: Activities that foster energy conservation, energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Emissions which occur during the combustion of fossil fuels such as natural gas, fuel oil, diesel, gasoline, kerosene, propane, and coal. These are typically calculated based on metric tons of equivalent carbon dioxide (MTeCO2).
Sustainability: The ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. ¹
¹From the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), now known as the Brundtland Commission.
University faculty, staff, and students will make every effort, collectively and individually, to assist the University in its goals to lower energy consumption, reduce expenditures on energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For example, if electricity usage at the University could be reduced by just 10% through everyone committing to doing the simple actions listed below, the University’s annual carbon emissions could be reduced by almost 18,500 tons and its electricity bill by over $2.1 million based on the FY 09 cost of power.
The Sustainability Programs Manager in the Energy & Utilities Department, working with faculty, staff, and students, ensures that sustainability initiatives related to energy conservation and energy efficiency in facilities meet the needs of the University.
Standards for achieving sustainability in the planning of facilities and Grounds are described in the Guidelines for Sustainable Buildings and Environmental Design developed by the Office of the Architect for the University.
Standards for the design and construction of energy conserving facilities at UVA are described in the Facilities Design Guidelines.
Sustainability Programs within the Energy &Utilities Department.
|Major Category:||Physical Resource Management|
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|Next Scheduled Review:||01/18/13|
|Approved By, Date:||Policy Review Committee, 01/18/06|
|Revision History:||Updated 4/9/2010.|
|Supersedes (previous policy):||Facilities Management – Utilities Services XIII.C.1|