• Energy Efficiency
Energy Star partner

Energy Star Partner

Suffolk University is committed to continually improving our management of energy resources, which reduces both operating costs and related forms of pollution. In 2009, we became a proud ENERGY STAR partner. 

ENERGY STAR, created in 1992, is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Increasing Efficiency

Since 2006, Suffolk University has implemented measures to reduce energy consumption in the buildings the University owns in Boston, reducing our consumption by 1.7 million kilowatt-hours, the equivalent of how much electricity 155 average U.S. residential utility customers would use in one year.  (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Lighting

The installation of energy efficient lighting has resulted in improved lighting in many areas, especially the Ridgeway Gymnasium and the University Bookstore.  The new lighting also reduces the amount of kilowatt-hours the University consumes.  By installing compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), LED lights, T-8s, and electronic ballasts, the University has made its lighting more efficient.  In addition, CFLs and LED lights last significantly longer than incandescent bulbs and so require less frequent replacements and minimal labor.  The University recycles lights and ballasts that are no longer in use.  The University has added sensors to many rooms to reduce the run-time of the lights. 

The University is implementing additional lighting controls and equipment upgrades.  These projects are part of an effort to run our buildings efficiently, thus saving money for the University and reducing our energy consumption.

Controls/HVAC

The University has invested in improvements to the heating and cooling system in the Law School, as well as variable speed drives to ensure that equipment does not run when it does not have to.  The Law School used 6% less electricity in 2009 than the previous year.

An energy management system installation in the Fenton Building led to a 17% reduction in electricity consumption (2009 compared to 2008).