Bowling Green State University - Energy and Sustainability Study

Bowling Green State University, Ohio

The team worked with University planners, staff, faculty, students, architects, energy analysts, utility providers and engineers to determine how the University is currently operating in terms of energy and sustainable practices.  Construction standards, university policies, existing conditions and energy operating data from the physical plant were investigated and analyzed.   

The client’s goal is to achieve a Carbon Neutral Campus by the year 2040.  To reach this goal, the study focused on Policy and Behavior, Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Conservation Measures. The Policy and Behavior recommendations revolved around global campus changes for transportation, recycling, building utilization, technology, etc. Renewable energy systems considered included photovoltaics, combined head and power, wind and biomass. Through extensive analysis the photovoltaics renewable energy strategy was recommended for immediate implementation. Energy conservation measures were analyzed resulting in two categories of recommendations: those that affect consumption and those that affect demand. The recommended strategies associated with demand savings include power factor correction banks and energy storage (battery) combined with photovoltaics. The recommended strategies associated with consumption savings include LED lighting upgrades, geothermal heating and cooling upgrades and building automation control system upgrades.  

By implementing recommendations of the study and master plan created by CMTA and the project team the client is well on its way to obtaining Carbon Neutrality by the year 2040.