Monmouth has introduced many energy conservation initiatives over the past several years, priding ourselves as a leader among institutions of higher education. A number of measures have been and are being put into effect to conserve our natural resources and minimize our impact on the environment.
This year, the university began retrofitting three of its buildings with LED lighting: the OceanFirst Bank Center in May of 2016, and Bey Hall and Plangere Center in early FY2016-2017. The energy savings from these upgrades are outlined below:
The OceanFirst Bank Center project has an expected energy saving reduction of approximately 55.22 percent. The university will see a payback period within 19 months.
The Bey Hall project has an expected energy saving reduction of approximately 70.49 percent. The university will see a payback period within 13 months.
The Plangere Center project has an expected energy saving reduction of approximately 76.31 percent. The University will see a payback period within 37 months.
Other undertaken measures include:
Nearly 22 percent of the university’s greenhouse gas emissions come from on-site sources—these include fuel for emergency generators, vehicle fleet fuel, and the combustion of natural gas and fuel oil for heating. From 2012 to 2015, the university reduced these emissions by 28 percent. This significant reduction is largely the result of two factors: converting boilers from dual fuel (fuel oil and natural gas) to natural gas only, and increasing the efficiency of the boilers and combustion equipment.