In 2008, a campus wide project was initiated to improve energy efficiency and
conserve water. The contract for the project was awarded to PEPCO Energy
Services and included energy efficiency projects such as lighting upgrades,
building envelope sealing, HVAC equipment upgrades. The water conservation
measures included installation of low-flow aerators in sinks, showers and
low-flush rate toilets. The upgrades were estimated to reduce the annual water
consumption rate by at least 11 million gallons.
In 2011, a new commercial dishwashing system was installed which uses 31.7
gallons of hot water and 39.6 gallons of cold water per hour of operation
represents a significant reduction in water use and up to 50% less detergent
than other systems on the market.
Irrigation of landscaping has been reduced significantly over the years and
is used only when necessary to maintain the health of the plants. In addition, a
rainwater collection cistern was installed for Nanticoke residence hall and is
used to provide landscaping irrigation in that area.