Transy sustainability effort: overview

Climate Action

Transylvania University has been working to reduce its carbon footprint. The primary source of emissions for the institution is purchased electricity, representing approximately 75% of our greenhouse gas profile.  Natural gas comes in a distant second, representing around 15% of our footprint. Since FY 2009, reductions have been achieved through a combination of behavioral changes, an aggressive winter shutdown, an improved energy policy, operational changes, and the installation of high efficiency equipment. Specific projects include:

  • Low‐flow shower heads in the residence halls
  • Lighting retrofits in nine residential and academic buildings across campus, plus the campus
  • Occupancy sensors in the three largest residence halls
  • A low‐flow pre‐rinse kitchen sprayer for the dish machine in our main dining facility
  • Boilers in Poole Residence Hall
  • Hot water storage tank insulation in Hazelrigg Hall, a combined residential and academic
  • A refrigeration system in the campus center, serving our main dining facility
  • A cooling tower with a VDF for Poole Residence Hall

These efforts led to a 20.2% reduction in purchased electricity and a 46% reduction in natural gas consumption in Fy2013 compared with Fy2009. Overall, the university’s greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 23.4% in Fy2012 compared to Fy2009.

Transylvania's commitment energy conservation is also demonstrated by:

  • Geothermal systems on campus, in Thomson Hall, the Glenn Building, and the new residence halls
  • The first Energy STAR-certified residence hall in Kentucky, Thomson Hall.
  • Renovations to Brown Science Center that include major work to the heating and air conditioning systems
Details on Transylvania's past efforts and future plans for greenhouse gas reductions be found in the university's Climate Action Plan.

Energy policy