Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) recently announced it has started construction on a comprehensive campus-wide energy efficiency project that will streamline facility operations, encourage sustainable behavior and improve the quality of life for students and staff. The university is partnering with energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric on the project, which guarantees nearly $15 million in energy savings over the life of the project.
“At TAMIU, maroon is the new green, and we are committed to reducing our reliance on natural resources, increasing operational efficiencies and fostering environmental awareness among our students, faculty and staff, as well as the greater Laredo community,” said Dr. Pablo Arenaz, President, TAMIU.
The $9.7 million project is being delivered through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) which uses projected energy savings to pay for facility improvements over time. Savings will come from a wide variety of energy conservation measures including:
- Improving the university’s irrigation system, saving millions of dollars over 20 years
- Converting HVAC equipment to variable refrigerant flow, reducing the need for frequent maintenance as well as equipment footprint and noise
- Interior and exterior LED lighting upgrades with occupancy sensors and automated dimming controls
- Utility meter upgrades with user-friendly energy dashboards
TAMIU will also be the first higher education institution to adopt Schneider Electric’s Conserve My Planet program, which engages students, professors and staff in innovative ways, encouraging them to take an active role in using energy more efficiently on campus and at home. Leveraging tools and data analysis from Schneider Electric, TAMIU will implement projects that challenge students in energy efficiency and sustainability subjects, supporting skill development and awareness of environmental issues.
“We are thrilled to partner with TAMIU in their trailblazing endeavor to bring energy conservation awareness to university students and staff, as well as the local community,” said Tammy Fulop, Vice President, Schneider Electric. “The university is setting an example for others across the country, and we’re encouraging them to push the boundaries—we’re here to make their dreams a reality.”
In addition to the facilities improvements, the project will make a significant environmental impact by removing nearly 67,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Construction is underway and expected to be complete by fall 2019.
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