Campus Energy Management

The cleanest and cheapest energy is that which is not used. Using energy efficiently will reduce SUNY Brockport’s carbon footprint which is the main focus of the Energy Management Program.

All of our energy management efforts contribute directly to both fiscal and environmental sustainability which is reflected in Goal 3 - To be a Sustainable Institution for the 21st Century.

Sustainability can be achieved by optimizing our building automation and control systems, heat recovery systems, and lighting systems.  Preventive maintenance on these systems reduces usage and maintains performance.  Capital improvement and Minor Critical Maintenance projects add the latest features that can be cost-effectively retrofitted to existing systems.

Our campus uses sophisticated Energy Management and Control Systems (EMCS).  The primary functions of the EMCS is metering, monitoring, and interactive control.

Monitoring of the EMCS is done both passively, by routinely observing system operation on an occasional basis, and actively, by responding to any of the hundreds of computer-generated alarms that are currently defined in our system.  In addition, Facilities Department operators can interactively make adjustments to binary and analog parameters (setpoints, alarm limits, schedules, interlocks, etc.), DDC programs, and physical output points that control motorized fans, pumps, dampers and valves.  Our operators receive, filter, and investigate hundreds of alarm notifications each month.

What can you do at work to conserve energy?

This is the shortlist of actions faculty and staff can take to produce significant energy savings:

  • Turn off all electrical equipment, when possible, when you leave for the day.
  • Computers:  Set to the power save mode to minimize power use and shut them off if possible on nights and weekends.
  • Unplug equipment that drains energy when not in use (i.e. cell phone chargers, fans, coffeemakers, desktop printers, radios, etc.).
  • Promptly report room comfort conditions that are not normal.  Rooms that are too hot or too cold may be due to faulty thermostats or other controls that are malfunctioning or have drifted from set-points resulting in wasted energy as well as uncomfortable conditions for you.
  • Keep heating vents unobstructed.
  • Use task lighting.  Instead of lighting an entire room, focus the light where needed and directly illuminate work areas.
  • Report drips of water from faucets.

Share with your students:

  • Communicate energy conscientious behavior to your students.

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