Honeywell and Western Michigan University launched a two-year research project led by WMU’s Office of Sustainability to determine best practices for engaging students, faculty and staff in trimming energy consumption in buildings. The research project, supported by Honeywell and managed by WMU doctoral student Kate Binder, will explore whether dashboards and other tools that share information on energy use lead to lasting and quantifiable change among occupants.
Honeywell is also making energy-efficiency improvements in more than 50 WMU facilities. The upgrades are expected to trim annual energy consumption by 14,800 million British thermal units (Btu), saving the school nearly $250,000 in projected energy and operating costs each year. The savings are guaranteed by Honeywell under an energy savings performance contract.
In 2011, the university enlisted Honeywell to perform a campus-wide audit to identify changes that could further boost efficiency. The audit uncovered opportunities to enhance lighting, heating and cooling, and automation controls in buildings, and WMU tapped Honeywell to implement the improvements.
These efforts are part of the WMU’s commitment to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and goal of reducing energy use 25 percent by 2020.