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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.22
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Southern Oregon University
OP-5: Building Energy Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.80 / 6.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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Figures needed to determine total building energy consumption:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Grid-purchased electricity 42,115.82 MMBtu 41,128.25 MMBtu
Electricity from on-site renewables 1,193.83 MMBtu 26.09 MMBtu
District steam/hot water (sourced from offsite) 0 MMBtu 0 MMBtu
Energy from all other sources (excluding transportation fuels) 58,021.50 MMBtu 82,209 MMBtu
Total 101,331.15 MMBtu 123,363.34 MMBtu

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or 3-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

A brief description of when and why the building energy consumption baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

The building energy consumption baseline of Fiscal Year 2006 was adopted because it is the most historic year that we have relevant, reliable and accurate data for.

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area of building space 1,934,747 Gross Square Feet 1,042,776 Gross Square Feet

Source-site ratio for grid-purchased electricity:

Total building energy consumption per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Site energy 0.05 MMBtu / GSF 0.12 MMBtu / GSF
Source energy 0.10 MMBtu / GSF 0.20 MMBtu / GSF

Percentage reduction in total building energy consumption (source energy) per unit of floor area from baseline (0-100):

Degree days, performance year (base 65 °F / 18 °C):
Degree days (see help icon above)
Heating degree days 4,042 Degree-Days (°F)
Cooling degree days 845 Degree-Days (°F)

Floor area of energy intensive space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 27,717 Square Feet
Healthcare space 11,016 Square Feet
Other energy intensive space

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
2,012,213 Gross Square Feet

Building energy consumption (site energy) per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area per degree day, performance year:
10.30 Btu / GSF / Degree-Day (°F)

Documentation (e.g. spreadsheet or utility records) to support the performance year energy consumption figures reported above:

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices in regard to energy efficiency (e.g. outreach and education efforts):

Southern Oregon University encourages sustainable attitudes and practices to all students and employees through education and outreach efforts that include campus emails and announcements containing information on how to reduce energy use.

A brief description of energy use standards and controls employed by the institution (e.g. building temperature standards, occupancy and vacancy sensors):

The Utilities Supervisor in Facilities Management & Planning obtains information on the times when each campus building is occupied for each day of the week from the respective building manager. The Utilities Supervisor then schedules the operation of the HVAC system for each campus building on the University's direct digital control (DDC) system, based on the building occupancy information. When a building is not occupied, the temperature controls go into "unoccupied" status, with a lower setback temperature during the heating season and a higher setback temperature during the cooling season.

A brief description of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and other energy-efficient lighting strategies employed by the institution:

Southern Oregon University is always looking for ways to incorporate LED lighting in new construction and through retrofit of existing lighting. The university is currently in the process of sourcing more than 200 LED lamps to replace existing CFL fixtures throughout the library.

LED lighting is already being used extensively throughout the campus. SOU's recently renovated Science Building features LED lights in all offices, classrooms, lounges and restrooms. One of the large event spaces on campus was also recently retrofitted, replacing more than 500 fluorescent lamps with LEDs.

A brief description of passive solar heating, geothermal systems, and related strategies employed by the institution:

A brief description of co-generation employed by the institution, e.g. combined heat and power (CHP):

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace energy-consuming appliances, equipment and systems with high efficiency alternatives (e.g. building re-commissioning or retrofit programs):

Southern Oregon University is actively working to recommission and retrofit existing buildings to be more energy efficient.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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