The central heating and cooling plant at the University of Fresno provides heating and cooling services to over 3.1 million square feet of building space, spread across 80 buildings and over 1,000 acres.
Built in 1954, the plant and ancillary infrastructure are well past their useful life and in need of urgent upgrades. The boilers do not meet air pollution standards and lack the capacity to support future campus growth.
The Project consists in the modernization of the Fresno Campus Central Utility Plant, hot and cold-water distribution network, and designated energy conservation measures.
Following a design and construction period of 3 years, the developer will maintain the upgraded system for a period of 30 years and ensure a level of energy savings to the University.
The Project supports California State University sustainability policy goal of identifying and implementing efficiency measures to reach greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions reduction goals (reduce GHG to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2040).
In order to increase energy savings and efficiency by influencing student and academia behavioral attitudes, a Green Operations (GO) team was established. As part of this effort, six interns were hired, two scholarships awarded, and a website was created. The GO team has successfully conducted a human behavior audit and is now focused on how to better promote actions based on the audit findings. Initiatives and recommendations are being proposed as well as key performance tracking mechanisms providing neutral, third-party documentation of sustainability programs.
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