Sustainability - The University of Tulsa


There are many ways to be a part of the sustainability culture at The University of Tulsa.

If you live on campus, you can save energy by preparing your residence for any extended time you are away by:

  • Closing blinds and tilt the slats upwards.
  • Unplugging all chargers, fans, coffee pots, candle warmers and other items that are plugged into an outlet that can be unplugged without damage.
  • Emptying out, clean, unplug and leave personal refrigerator doors open.
  • Turning off TVs, computers and printers.
  • Turning off all lights.

We serve as a connection for all members of the campus community – including faculty, staff and students – to advance policies and projects and participate in processes that lead to a more sustainable future.

  • Cenergistic Partnership

    The University of Tulsa have a partnership with the Dallas-based energy conservation firm Cenergistic to implement a new energy sustainability program that will increase technology, scaling capacity and organizational continuity among the university’s physical plant systems.

    Cenergistic services will help TU redirect money from utility costs to improve classroom technology by managing energy and sustainability initiatives in TU Physical Plant. TU has a long history of engaging in sustainability projects including reducing water consumption among common campus areas, eliminating paper usage by moving to electronic records, installing solar panels, implementing recycling initiatives and adding educational content to its website about off-campus conservation strategies. TU also is home to a sustainability committee featuring faculty, staff and students who encourage campus engagement and conduct environmentally friendly research. Teaming up with Cenergistic reinforces TU’s priorities on further reducing energy usage, capturing additional cost savings and providing more resources for the Physical Plant staff.

    “Our partnership with Cenergistic will help us close funding and personnel gaps, allowing us to spend our budget where it matters: providing students an exceptional education with the appropriate resources, said Jason Grunin, TU assistant vice president of business and energy. “Every dollar we save on energy helps us further the environment, experience and education of our students.”

    new partnershipTwo energy specialists will be deployed to TU, equipped with Cenergistic’s Ceres cloud-based, machine learning software, which includes real-time alerts, to augment optimization of TU’s equipment and energy usage across all university buildings and facilities. Cenergistic also provides remote and onsite engineering and measurement and verification experts.

    “Cenergistic is thrilled to partner with The University of Tulsa to implement our Energy Sustainability program. With our full-time onsite energy specialists equipped with the latest software working to ensure all facilities and systems are functioning at peak efficiency, coupled with an organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation, we believe the university will see great success in both cost and energy savings,” said Dr. Randy Hoff, vice chairman of Cenergistic. “It is our mission that, with help from everyone in the organization, we will create a culture of sustainability that will progress into the future.”

    The Energy Sustainability Program will help TU qualify its buildings for ENERGY STAR® certification with the Environmental Protection Agency. University officials also look forward to strengthening the mindset of conservation and a culture of sustainability among staff and students prompted by the Cenergistic partnership.

    About Cenergistic

    For more than 30 years Cenergistic has helped over 1,400 K-12 districts, universities and government municipalities find more than $5B in hidden electricity, natural gas and water savings by applying sustainability as a service solution on their campuses. Superintendents, CFOs, COOs and board members can reduce energy and water spending by up to 25% annually with no capital investment, while improving the comfort and quality of classroom and building environments, helping students and employees achieve their full potential. For ten consecutive years, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. To learn more visit

  • Student Groups and Campus Engagement

    Students for Sustainability

    Our purpose is to lead the campus towards a greener future. We press for the change that is necessary, one step at a time.

    Students for Sustainability strives to build a greener future for the campus and the community through direct action. Our three committees organize campaigns to improve our relationship with the environment. We work alongside other environmental groups and action teams in the community and utilize our diverse perspectives for more effective operation.

    Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas (SENEA)

    SENEA club does humanitarian work with communities and families around the world.

  • Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research

    Indoor Air Program – Richard Shaughnessy, Research Associate

    Collins College of Business –  Tim Coburn

    Sustainable Energy and Resources Law – Gary Allison

    Engineering and Natural Sciences – Jim Sorem

    Chemical Engineering – Tyler Johannes (Algae Biofuels, Synthetic Biology)

    Chemistry – Dale Teeters (Nanochemistry and Materials Chemistry as they apply to Battery Electrode and Electrolyte Materials)