Energy, Buildings, & Emissions
GOAL: Net zero emissions. Reduce emissions by 53K MtCO2e.
Baseline: 53,453 MtCO2e
2020: 49,533 MtCO2e (7% reduction)
Goal: 0 MtCO2e (100% reduction)
UNO GHG Emissions
All measurements in thousand metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. Measured in fiscal years.
Fossil fuels currently account for two thirds of the energy generation profile of the electricity used by UNO.
UNO uses energy efficiently and strives to have energy produced from renewable and carbon-neutral sources equal to the amount consumed. UNO uses existing, efficient building spaces to their fullest.
The burning of fossil fuels creates many direct and indirect issues for human health and the environment, such as air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, however, fossil fuels will remain a part of Omaha’s energy mix until 2050. Currently, the best way for UNO to mitigate the negative effects of burning fossil fuels is to focus on energy efficiency and conservation.
Expansion Projects and Geothermal Energy
Mammel Hall expansion construction project begins. The 44,000 square foot addition will house six new classrooms, four seminar rooms, a newly designed and expanded Koraleski Commerce and Applied Behavioral Lab, and a 180-person general purpose room. It will also house the new School of Accounting. The addition utilizes geothermal heating and cooling as part of the college’s LEED-certified commitment to sustainability.
UNO installed Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lamp in most of the buildings on campus; replaced high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps in parking structures and perimeter roadways; and installed occupancy sensors in all new construction and renovation projects and in existing buildings during lighting retrofit projects.
Buildings are “powered down” during the holidays, and campus users are instructed to purchase Energy Star equipment, to power down and shut off equipment, and to engage in other energy saving practices.