The University of Washington has worked to lower energy consumption even as our campus population has grown. The UW Facilities Services' Energy Resource Conservation team has taken large steps over the past years to prioritize sustainability on our campus. They have conducted energy audits for 12 million square feet on campus and generated revenue through reducing the campus’s energy needs and utility savings. In 2013 to 2017 alone, the program avoided 2,372 MgC02e and saved $5,660,593 in utility costs.
By reducing our energy requirements, programs such as this also help the UW achieve our carbon emission goals. The University of Washington has committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 15% (from 2005 levels) by 2020, and by 36% by 2035. The UW's Climate Action Plan (CAP) describes the University's commitment and strategies for meeting this commitment. You can find progress reports and many other resources on our Climate Action Plan page.