Valencia has become a national leader among colleges for energy-savings and sustainability efforts. A feature story in the November 2014 issue of University Business, “Energy Synergy in Higher Education” highlights Valencia’s adoption of energy management initiatives that have paid off in energy savings.
Noted were Valencia’s occupancy censors, low-flow mechanisms on urinals and sinks and a reporting system that reminds faculty to keep buildings functioning at standard levels.
“Unless you’re structured to undo changes that you do for special events, you end up with buildings and systems no longer operating at high speed,” Allen Bottorff, assistant vice president of facilities and sustainability, says in the article.
The reporting system helps ensure that extra lighting, heating or cooling efforts are only applied when needed, the reporter concluded.