UMD Creates Energy and Engineering Department

September 10, 2014 By Karen Henry

UMD-mark-energy-manageFacilities Management at the University of Maryland (UMD) has created a new department in an effort to reduce campus energy use 20 percent by 2020, the UMD Diamondback reports.

UMD’s new Department of Engineering and Energy will be tasked solely with campus water and energy issues.

The Department will work in conjunction with Prince George’s county on a water-recycling project, a key aspect of the university’s energy-efficiency goal. It will also create offset projects that it hopes will serve as examples to the state.

The University of Maryland Medical System has already implemented several sustainability projects over the last couple of years. In April, a 2 MW on-site combined heat and power (CHP) system was installed at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UCMC) in Bel Air, Md. In April 2013, the UMD Medical System, Constellation and Bithenergy completed a 3.66 MW DC, grid-connected, solar generation project in Somerset County, Md.

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