St. Cloud State aims to trim 20 percent from its $3.7 million annual utility costs, thanks to an Xcel Energy commercial efficiency program.
The program is expected to improve energy efficiency in campus buildings, a move that aligns with St. Cloud State’s long-standing commitment to reduce carbon emissions, promote environmental responsibility and save money on energy costs.
“We can make a huge impact through these savings,” said Tim Norton, former St. Cloud State University director of facilities management.
University officials have taken several steps toward a more energy efficient and sustainable campus environment, including an agreement with the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to be carbon neutral by 2035. The short-term target is a 15 percent reduction by 2017. The mid-term target is a 40 percent reduction by 2024. As part of the agreement, St. Cloud State has agreed to accelerate research and educational efforts regarding sustainability.
St. Cloud State also is partnering with Seattle-based energy services firm McKinstry in a campus-wide energy efficiency project.
The program is self-funded by energy, utility and operational savings.
Working with McKinstry, St. Cloud State will be the first Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system school to utilize the State of Minnesota’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Program.
Students will have an opportunity to participate in internships offered by McKinstry, which goes beyond classroom or textbook learning and adds value to the educational experience of St. Cloud State’s students.