Michigan Tech is committed to continuous reduction of our carbon footprint and energy use. We will achieve this through a three-pronged approach: improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings, minimizing the energy demand in any new construction or major remodeling projects, and greening the sources of our energy through increasing renewable energy production and contracting for high-quality utility-provided renewable energy credits.
50%of MTU's purchased energy is from renewable wind power through 2025.
$3.6Msavings in energy expenditures over the life of our current wind power contract..
18Mkilowatt-hours of annual green power used.
25%decrease in campus carbon footprint from 2016 to 2021.
In 2023, Michigan Tech launched the Evergreen Energy Fund to tackle projects that improve energy efficiency in our buildings. Example projects include installing LED lighting and controls, improving insulation, and updating HVAC systems. Staff will measure the cost savings resulting from those projects, and a portion of the savings will return to the fund to pay for future projects. This “revolving” fund will lead to substantial cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions: we anticipate reducing our carbon footprint by 8% and our annual utilities bill by 13% by 2035, resulting in over $5M in cumulative utility costs savings at current prices.
Find more information on MTU's Energy Management Strategies below: