The State of Composting at Penn
With the launch of the 2009 Climate Action Plan, Penn began a building-level metering initiative on campus that included steam, chilled water, and advanced electricity meters. Having accurate, frequent measurement of these utilities empowers campus building managers to better manage energy use. Participation in successful behavior change programs will literally “move the needle” and show building occupants just how much their seemingly small actions affect the bigger picture of energy conservation. Another benefit to utility data reporting is the ability of Facilities & Real Estate Services to identify when there is a problem, such as an outage, and implement a response plan.
“This is an exciting time for us,” said Ken Ogawa, Executive Director of Operations & Maintenance. “For the first time, we will be able to see real time building energy usage. That information combined with our ongoing plans for renovations and upgrades to building systems will be significant factors in achieving the Climate Action Plan 2.0 goal of a 10% energy reduction (over 2014) by 2019.”
The availability of this data will also impact building budgets; Facilities & Real Estate Services is using these meter readings to transition to meter-based utility billing. In the past, schools and centers were charged based on an average of past consumption, but the adoption of utility-based billing will provide a powerful incentive to saving energy.
The Sustainability Office reports that the overall meter installation project – more than 290 meters – has been completed.