Cornell Combined Heat and Power Plant increased the efficiency of heating and electrifying the campus from 50% to 75%

The University’s expansive campus, comprised of 14 million square feet of indoor space across 250 buildings, means that the community’s joint efforts are required to make significant, measurable changes in energy usage and consumption.

One major way Cornell works to reduce energy use is through lake source cooling, which helps the campus to reduce electricity for central campus air-conditioning by 86%, and overall electrical use by 10%. In addition, our university has completed a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project to upgrade its central heating plant, adding new cogeneration equipment that produces electricity and heat together while using less energy than would be spent producing them separately – cutting greenhouse gas emissions by over 20%. As Cornell works towards becoming more sustainable we continue to look for methods of reducing our energy consumption and utilizing more sustainable, renewable energy sources on campus.