Stevens Institute of Technology

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Challenge Commitment
1.3Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity1%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

Stevens Institute of Technology (Stevens) is a 55-acre campus that sits on a hill overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan.  Its portfolio includes residential, academic, administrative, and athletic buildings.  With a majority of the buildings over 50 years old, Stevens has engaged in improving the efficiency of campus power systems and cleaning its grid.  The central steam plant was decommissioned in 2015 and was replaced by 6 small combined heat and power (CHP) plants. Stevens have also installed photovoltaic (PV) arrays, executed LED lighting retrofits, and implemented submetering to drive energy efficiency.

Since joining AASHE in 2014, Stevens has been looking for more opportunities to showcase its dedication to sustainability and innovation, and push themselves to reach further.  Participating in and committing to the Better Buildings Challenge is another way for Stevens to show this dedication to the campus and surrounding communities and inspire them to get engaged.  Stevens is already planning to expand submetering to additional buildings, increase PV capacity and install an electric vehicle (EV) charging station on campus. To accommodate a growing community, Stevens will begin construction in 2016 on a new Academic Gateway building targeted to meet LEED Gold standards, which will greatly improve the efficiency of its aging building portfolio. Given the large role buildings play in carbon emissions, Stevens is eager to join the higher education institutions in the Better Buildings Challenge and set an example for others.