Energy & Sustainability
Facilities Management is responsible for managing and maintaining all aspects of UMBC’s energy and utility infrastructure. This includes:
- Procurement of energy resources (electricity, natural gas, water & sewer services, and emergency fuel oil)
- Distribution of electricity, natural gas, and water services throughout the campus
- Generation and distribution of chilled water for campus cooling and hot water for campus heating
- Operation and control of HVAC systems
- Maintenance of associated infrastructure (transformers, switchgear, wiring, chillers, boilers, pumps, piping, valves, fans, ductwork, etc.)
- Specialized engineering and technical support for construction projects
Facilities Management implements a prioritized, cost-effective approach for managing energy and utilities with goals of improving reliability, saving energy, and reducing carbon footprint. For a summary of UMBC’s past, present, and future energy-related initiatives, click here.
Energy usage accounts for about 60% of UMBC’s carbon footprint (45% from electricity and 15% from natural gas), and about half of UMBC’s energy usage is attributed to air conditioning and heating. In addition to maintaining/upgrading electrical and mechanical equipment, efficient operations of HVAC systems and behavioral awareness are essential to reducing UMBC’s utility bills and carbon footprint. For a summary of UMBC’s energy-conservation guidelines, click here.