Recent Energy Saving Projects

Lighting Retrofit

Drew completed a lighting upgrade in five buildings: the Learning Center, Methodist Archives, Simon Forum and Athletic Center, Rose Library, and University Commons over the summer in 2011. The lighting retrofit project will cut energy consumption by half and has a two and a half year payback. Total carbon reduction from the lighting retrofit project will be equivalent to planting 181 acres of forest–Drew’s campus is 186 acres!

Before the retrofit: Pool lights took 10 minutes to reach full brightness and each light bulb used 1,000 Watts each.
After the retrofit: Pool lights turn on instantly and use half the energy they did with older lighting.
Building Energy Savings
Learning Center 63%
Methodist Archives 51%
Simon Forum and Athletic Center 45%
Rose Library 43%
University Commons 36%

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Did you know?

  • Drew University spent over $2 million last year on electricity.
  • Drew University spends almost $1.2 million per year on natural gas and heating oil.
  • Drew University uses over 40 million gallons of water per year.

Reducing energy costs is good for everyone! Drew University has a comprehensive energy management program which is designed to reduce consumption and save money while improving the environmental quality. Energy management is addressed through a variety of internal systems. These include but are not limited to:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Procurement Analysis
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Defined Operating Protocols
  • Community Awareness and Participation

By reducing consumption and costs without negatively impacting the Community members’ space, funds become available to provide additional services, projects, and planned maintenance.

Drew University has a number of utility and energy management protocols in place to help reduce consumption. These protocols may be of help in understanding how your building operates.

Remember, energy conservation is a community effort – please do your part to help the overall goal of conservation!

  • Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
  • Turn down the thermostats when a room is not occupied.
  • Turn the air conditioning off when you are not in the room.
  • Keep windows and doors closed when the heat or air conditioning is on.
  • Do not let water run continuously.
  • Promptly report any malfunctions or problems.

Please call the Facilities Management office (x3510) should you have any questions or concerns, or need additional information.