For many years UNLV has employed best practices across all aspects of facilities management to reduce the cost and environmental impact of energy and water used to support our university mission. Since 2000 we have reduced the amount of energy and water used on campus while increasing the square footage of buildings maintained. There has been a 74 percent reduction in water use/sf and a 36 percent reduction in energy use/sf during this time period.
Some examples of UNLV’s commitment to utility sustainability include the following completed projects:
- The installation of 1.3MW of Solar PV across campus,
- The replacement of more than 1.3 million square feet of turf grass with water saving desert landscape,
- The upgrade of the science corridor physical plant including a new energy efficient chiller and the installation of extremely efficient energy valves.
Going forward, UNLV is in the midst of a campus-wide conversion to LED lighting, with an expected dramatic reduction in energy use and maintenance. Energy and water efficiency will also be a key factor in upcoming capital improvement projects as we replace water, roof and HVAC systems.
The facilities management team is always looking for ways to improve everyone’s campus experience, and at the same reduce both environmental and economic impacts. Focusing on making our utility use more efficient is just one way that the FM team does this every day.