Energy Overview: Building Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Policies, & Utility Data
Energy is central to OSU's sustainability efforts. The university strives to improve energy use practices by enhancing efficiency in buildings while also utilizing on-site and off-site renewable energy (see "Renewable Energy" page), implementing energy policies (see "Energy Policies and Rules" page), and collecting transparent, publicly-available, real-time utility data (see "Metering" page).
In 2022, the university adopted a Path to Carbon Neutrality to guide our carbon reduction strategies going forward. This plan has been informed by significant engagement throughout the university community, including with faculty, staff, and students, and by benchmarking with peer universities nationally. Energy is the focus of several actions in the Path to Carbon Neutrality. For example, as part of Action 1 in the Path to Carbon Neutrality, heating and cooling system tune-ups and calibration will occur within at least two existing buildings each year. As part of Action 2, heating and cooling systems, building controls, lighting, and other aging systems will be replaced and upgraded to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings.