Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois


Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence - Energy Management

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Northwestern University is a private academic and research university. In 2020, Northwestern made continued progress toward its long-term goal of reducing the energy intensity of its buildings, including through conservation measures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Key 2020 accomplishments include:

  • Selecting an external energy service partner to establish a long-term energy management program, with significant annual energy savings anticipated by the end of the five-year project implementation period.
  • Integrating sustainability training into the university’s mandatory new employee orientation process, encouraging energy and water saving best practices into workplace and daily habits.
  • Increasing the number of Northwestern University buildings tracking water use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®.
  • Formalizing a goal within its Facilities Management department to win the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award each year.
  • Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with an eye for energy efficiency, including HVAC, lab air change, and building schedule changes in partially occupied and unoccupied spaces, and transitioning its Earth Month event to virtual.
In 2020 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid more than $40 Billion in energy costs

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