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Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Over the last three years, Roosevelt University purchased 1.7 gigawatts (or 1,700,000 kWh) of renewable energy, saving 1,172 metric tons of carbon emissions from release into the atmosphere.

In 2014, RU mandated that 15% of its energy be renewable. The University recognizes that long-term change in its operating methods will revolutionize its energy performance by automating, controlling and measuring energy usage across every campus building, thereby reducing GHG emissions costs, too.

The Auditorium Building in Chicago is part of a city-wide Retrofit Project with a goal to reduce energy use by 20%. For more information on Retrofit Chicago, visit http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/env/retrofit_chicago.html.

By using only the energy needed and reducing use at peak times, building automation systems at Roosevelt in Chicago and Schaumburg are key to continually reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

USEPA Green Power Partnership LogoAccording to the EPA, 10% or more of Roosevelt’s campus electrical power is certified Green Power: derived from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas or eligible biomass and low impact hydroelectric sources. Roosevelt University belongs to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.


What if all universities in the U.S. reduced their emissions?

2.9 million metric tons of global carbon emissions would be saved per year, equal to carbon sequestered by 2.39 million acres of forests per year.1

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1 http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0908742.html