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TU cuts energy consumption with new sustainability initiatives

Through a comprehensive plan to overhaul the campus energy infrastructure, technology resources and behavioral patterns, The University of Tulsa cut campuswide electricity use by over 2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2019.

“What’s been so impressive is how quickly we’ve made this transition,” said Kevan Buck, TU’s executive vice president and treasurer. “Jason Grunin, the assistant vice president of business and energy, has had an ambitious vision from the start, and our partners at Cenergistic have handled much of the day-to-day energy savings. Our infrastructure upgrades and new tech have played a large part in our energy transformation, but it’s the human touch that has driven savings.”

In recent years, the university has introduced many initiatives aimed at creating a more sustainable university. Targeted upgrades to lighting, sprinklers, transportation and utility meters have reduced energy consumption across campus, and the installation of solar panels introduced clean energy to facilities.

The most notable conservation effort, however, comes via a partnership with Cenergistic, a national sustainability company. TU personnel work closely with Cenergistic engineers, experts and an energy specialist to audit and optimize energy-using systems across the organization to achieve peak efficiency. The energy specialist tracks energy consumption at all campuses with leading state-of-the-art technology to identify waste and drive conservation.

“Savings of this magnitude in the span of only a year speak volumes about the university’s commitment to sustainability,” said Rob Sullivent, Cenergistic’s regional vice president of client operations. “As an alumnus, I am proud of the commitment TU is making to the future of our planet.”

“Our goal from the beginning has been to make TU one of the leaders in sustainability across the state, and we’re well on our way. As an added benefit, we’ve saved a lot of money in the process,” Buck said. “We look forward to what future savings these initiatives will bring.”

About Cenergistic

Since 1986 Cenergistic has partnered with 1450+ educational, municipal government and healthcare organizations to achieve $5.6 billion in utility savings and cost avoidance. These strong results come from the application of Cenergistic’s organizational behavior-based strategies and are enhanced by our proprietary software platform to drive building and equipment optimization. Our energy conservation program reduces utility consumption by an average of 25% with no capital investment while maintaining or improving the comfort and quality of building environments. For more than a decade, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year or Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence. To learn more, visit www.cenergistic.com.

TU launches partnership with Cenergistic to implement new sustainability program

University of Tulsa President Gerard Clancy and the TU Board of Trustees have announced 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.”

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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 www.cenergistic.com.