Michigan State University


Challenge Commitment
20Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity13%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)
20%Reduction in Data Center Energy Intensity

Founded in 1855, Michigan State University (MSU) is the pioneer land-grant university in the United States. MSU is a top research institution situated on 2,100 acres of beautiful park-like development with over 550 buildings supporting academics, research, athletics, and auxiliary operations. In the fall of 2014, MSU enrolled nearly 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 125 countries. The university also boasts the largest residence hall system in the country, serving 17,000 on-campus residents.

MSU has developed a set of building profiles across 110 buildings that approximates 80% of the square footage in its building portfolio. These profiles enable the university to identify a select set of facilities that will benefit most from implementation of retro-commissioning. The profiles will guide future actions to modify and improve building systems and achieve energy reduction of more than 20% by the year 2020.

In addition, as a Data Center Partner, MSU has committed to reduce energy use in two of their data centers by 20% over 10 years, with a peak load of 0.7 MW across 5,100 square feet. MSU plans to partner with a company having expertise in data centers as it moves forward with designing the facility and infrastructure to provide a modern and efficient solution that is also flexible and scalable. MSU is also exploring the possibility of consolidating the committed data centers.