Energy Efficiency in Higher Education

Posted on November 16, 2018


In the U.S., higher education facilities spend an average of $1.10 per square foot on electricity costs, 31% ($0.34) of which are lighting costs. In most colleges and universities, laboratory and residential buildings are the biggest energy users. At Harvard University, for example, while laboratory buildings make up only 22% of the buildings on campus, they use 49% of the total energy; residential buildings and dorms account for 18% of the university’s energy consumption. 

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Higher Education, LED Lighting

Thought Leadership on Higher Education Efficiency

Posted on June 15, 2017

School's out for the summer! With college campuses emptying for the next few months, there is more time for staff to focus on other important aspects of the school, like saving money and energy. In fact, college and university campuses are among the most energy-intensive property types in the world and the summer break is a good time for facility managers to consider starting an energy efficiency project.

Topics: Thought Leadership, Higher Education

Campus Energy Efficiency Programs: How It’s Done

Posted on June 15, 2017

This blog post is an excerpt from "The Missed Investment: How College and University Endowment Funds Can Achieve the Highest and Safest Return" by Peter Fairbanks, President of Fairbanks Energy Services.

In the last 3-4 years there has been a significant movement to invest in green improvements on college and university campuses. Being among the most energy-intensive property types in the world, there are numerous opportunities for efficiency projects that address lighting, building system controls, chilled water systems, steam systems and more that have simple paybacks after utility incentives of about 2 to 3 years. Implementing these solutions will help campuses reduce their overall carbon footprint, lower energy costs, and promote a sustainable future in surrounding communities. 

Topics: Higher Education

Jam-Packed June Photo Editorial!

Posted on June 15, 2017

Although we are only halfway through the month of June, Fairbanks Energy has been busy attending a variety of events this month! Check out some pictures from Saleforce's World Tour, The Assosication of Energy Engineers Golf Tournament, Eversource's Boston Children's Hospital Walk, The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, and Northeastern University's Massachusetts Family Business Awards. See more below.

Topics: Photo Editorial, Efficiency, Higher Education, Fairbanks Energy

Higher Education And LED Lighting Retrofits

Posted on May 26, 2017

LED lighting retrofits make a significant impact on energy intensity, usage, and efficiency in facilities at colleges and universities. Ross Fairbanks digs into the details in a piece featured at Facility Executive, featured below. 

Topics: LED Lighting, Higher Education

As colleges seek endowment returns, energy investments could be safest bet

Posted on May 23, 2017

Peter Fairbanks, President of Fairbanks Energy, authored a piece published in the Boston Business Journal on investing in efficiency improvements at college and university campuses. Read the peice below:

Topics: Financing, College, Efficiency, Endowment, Higher Education