TU is a signatory of Second Nature's Carbon Commitment, pledging to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. To meet this commitment, the university has deployed energy conservation and procurement
strategies to reduce the institution’s environment impact in a fiscally responsible
The lightning fixtures at CLA are one of many projects to conserve energy on campus.
TU has five solar arrays on campus, and all new buildings have "solar ready" roofs.
The Power Plant provides a majority of the heating and cooling needs of the campus.
From FY14 to FY20, TU saved $2.7 million through its Strategic Energy Procurement
Plan while reducing carbon emissions more than 40 percent. The TU Energy Team proactively
works to reduces the university's carbon footprint by tracking, managing, and reducing
energy use on campus. This not only reduces the university's environmental impact
but also minimizes utility costs.
TU has two main energy sources: electricity and natural gas. The Power Plant, which
runs on natural gas, is comprised of a complex energy grid and a vast network of steam
and chilled water pipelines.
Meters on campus help the Facilities Management team find trends and conservation
opportunities in energy and water usage. The data also helps to identify leaks or
other flaws within the energy or water infrastructure that may need to be addressed.
Since 2011, all new buildings and major renovations on campus are constructed to LEED
Silver standards at minimum. To date, TU has completed over 90 energy efficiency projects
that qualified for utility incentives totaling over $2.5 million through BGE’s Energy
Saver’s Rebate Program. TU continues to prioritize energy conservation through its
commitment to the Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge.
TU Facilities Management staff constantly monitors the campus’ energy consumption.
Visit the TU dashboard for real time data.
The Office of Energy has been developing fiscally and environmentally responsible
conservation strategies since its inception in 2011. Some of these strategies include
participating in rebate programs, replacing inefficient and outdated fixtures, monitoring
metered data, and optimizing temperature set points for buildings.
Completed installation of energy recovery and VRF systems in several academic buildings
and residence halls.
Received $1.7 million in BGE rebates for new construction and renovation projects.
Received $2.5 million in BGE rebates for new construction and renovation projects.
Began purchasing 50 percent renewable energy.
Completed installation of Variable Frequency Drives on HVAC Pumps and Air Handlers
Upgraded both major sports arenas, SECU and Towson Center, from HID lighting to LED
lighting with occupancy controls and automation reducing lighting energy by 60 percent
and saving the University over $120,000 annually.
Revised energy reduction goal to align with the Governor's Executive Order. New goal of 10 percent reduction by 2028 from a 2018 baseline.
Reached 20 percent energy reduction goal (Better Buildings Challenge) 3 years ahead
of schedule--one of the first ten universities in the country to do so.
Set new voluntary goal of 25 percent energy reduction from 2010 baseline.
Installed a 1.3MW, 4000 panel Solar PV System on: Union Garage, University Union,
General Services, Barton House, Douglass House.
Completed upgrading 28 building transformers to premium efficiency in all 4 Glen Towers.
Developed an enhanced building scheduling process taking advantage of building automation
Developed a temperature set-point policy for residence halls and academic buildings.
Implemented Chiller and HVAC optimization, which fine tuned air-handler & pump speeds.