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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.”

Learn more about TU sustainability programs.

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




TU named to Princeton Review “Guide to 399 Green Colleges”

The University of Tulsa is included in the Princeton Review 2018 edition of “Guide to 399 Green Colleges.” TU received a Green Rating score of 80 or higher in a Princeton Review survey from August 2018.

green collegesThe guide profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability. TU was selected for the survey based on its academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives, activities and career preparation for students. TU also is included in the 2019 release of the Princeton Review College Guide “Best 384 Colleges” where it is named a “Best Regional College” in the western region.

Students are passionate about sustainability at TU and have inspired university leadership to enforce green policies and programs to reduce the school’s environmental footprint, including a limit on the number of pages students are allowed to print each semester. Recycle bins are readily available across campus, shuttles run on compressed natural gas and students who wish to use a healthy and green mode of transportation can rent for free one of TU’s 450 bicycles through its Yellow Bike Program. Majors tied to sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices are environmental policy, earth and environmental sciences and geology.

According to Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek, college applicants and their parents are increasingly interested in supporting sustainability efforts. The “Guide to Green Colleges” provides detailed “Green Facts” reports on a school’s use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs as well as the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

“Our sustainability committee is dedicated to improving existing sustainability projects campus wide while searching for new ways to conserve resources,” said Jason Grunin, assistant vice president of business and energy conservation.