While the University has pursued aggressive demand-side energy management for years, continued campus expansion calls for even greater attention to reducing demand and increasing energy efficiency. Reducing energy use is a formidable task given the growing energy needs of research universities. Stanford has a strong foundation for success based on a decades-long commitment to energy conservation and efficiency, as well as the advantages of a temperate climate and strong state energy codes.
Current energy-saving strategies will decrease consumption in existing buildings but campus growth is likely to outpace those savings. For example, total energy use increased 13% from 2000 to 2007, due to new construction, energy-intensive research, and more people and electrical equipment. Energy intensity (energy use per square foot) increased as well. Building on Stanford’s substantial successes and culture of innovation and leadership, demand-side energy management will continue to be a critical driver in reducing campus emissions.
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