ENERGY EFFORTS

Reducing DePaul's Carbon Footprint

  • Every 4-5 years, DePaul creates a carbon footprint update. You can see the 2019 report here. The 26 page report gives a comprehensive look at DePaul's efforts to reduce it's carbon footprint.

Solar Power

  • Every 4-5 years, DePaul creates a carbon footprint update. You can see the 2019 report here. The 26 page report gives a comprehensive look at DePaul's efforts to reduce it's carbon footprint.
  • Since 2015, DePaul has had solar charging stations in the Quad at LPC and outdoor deck of DPC at Loop.DePaul has installed solar lighting at two locations on Lincoln Park Campus. Solar arrays and collectors are powering exterior security light fixtures. DePaul is committed to additional solar installations in the future.
  • DePaul has installed solar lighting at two locations on Lincoln Park Campus. Solar arrays and collectors are powering exterior security light fixtures. DePaul is committed to additional solar installations in the future.
  • DePaul has committed to installing more rooftop PV solar panels at all major Lincoln Park and Loop buildings over the next ten years. In the summer of 2018, DePaul installed 300 PV solar panels at the roofs of the McGowan North and 1150 West Fullerton buildings. In the summer of 2019 we installed 249 PV solar panels at the roof of Clifton Fullerton residence hall. For both of these additions, the power generated is added into the building’s electrical grid.
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Energy Efforts

  • In the 2020-2021 school year, Facility Operations did a number of capital repairs and replacements with a focus on conserving energy.  Some of these included: replacing several roofs at LPC with an addition of a higher level of insulation and reflective surfaces; changing out primary heating, cooling and ventilation equipment to more energy efficient components; continuing with changing out standard lighting to LED; and replacing old single pane drafty windows with energy efficient insulated windows.
  • DePaul is purchasing 40% of its total electrical energy requirement from renewable resources.DePaul installed two rooftop wind turbines each at two buildings on Lincoln Park Campus…McGowan North and McCabe Hall. Power generated is be directed to the power grid.DePaul installed two rooftop wind turbines each at two buildings on Lincoln Park Campus…McGowan North and McCabe Hall. Power generated is be directed to the power grid.
  • DePaul installed two rooftop wind turbines each at two buildings on Lincoln Park Campus…McGowan North and McCabe Hall. Power generated is be directed to the power grid.
  • DePaul is phasing in the installation of motion sensor light switching in existing classrooms and major common area space.
  • Every year routine capital projects at both campuses include additional building automation system upgrades to promote operational efficiencies, as well as other energy saving projects such as furthering the installation of variable frequency drives and energy efficient heat and cooling plant components.
  • All interior renovation projects now include a number of energy saving components, such as motion activated light switching in offices, classrooms and other areas, energy saving light fixtures and lamps, LED’s for all specialty lighting locations, and the installation of VFD’s on new ventilation systems.
  • DePaul purchases chilled water for 14 East Jackson from a central generating plant in the Loop. There is great benefit to purchasing central plant services- especially when the primary operating equipment is all high efficiency.
  • DePaul has replaced all washers and dryers in its student residential facilities with high efficiency Energy Star rated equipment.In 2015, retro-commissioning projects were completed at the Richardson Library as part of our commitment to reducing energy consumption in the building by 20%, which is significant given the energy saving projects that were previously completed.
  • In 2015, retro-commissioning projects were completed at the Richardson Library as part of our commitment to reducing energy consumption in the building by 20%, which is significant given the energy saving projects that were previously completed.
  • In 2011, DePaul changed its Sheffield parking structure lighting to high efficiency LED throughout in order to reduce overall electrical consumption as well as CO2 emissions. In 2014, the Clifton parking deck was retrofitted with LED fixtures.