DePauw University

DePauw University

Founded in 1837, DePauw University is a residential liberal arts college in Greencastle, Indiana. The extensive campus includes a nature park, student residences, classroom buildings, and a major performing arts center.

Ecosystem was first engaged to design a Campus Energy Master Plan for the core campus – 66 buildings totaling 1.9 million square feet. The university was looking for a partner to help reduce the environmental footprint and achieve, at a minimum, a 25% reduction in energy costs over the next three years as well as a $750,000 reduction in annual operating expenses. The Master Plan developed a long-term energy infrastructure strategy that integrates with future campus development. It also promoted strategies to manage deferred maintenance and the lifecycle costs associated with campus energy assets.

Following the Master Plan, Ecosystem began a detailed feasibility study to lead to the implementation of a turnkey solution with guaranteed outcomes. A campus-wide heating and cooling upgrade will reduce operating expenses and manage deferred maintenance, and it will also lay the groundwork for future initiatives to achieve DePauw’s longer-term goal of carbon neutrality.

  • 2017-2021

    Project Period

  • $14.1M


  • $838,340


  • $953,000

    Annual savings

Customized Performance Measures

Steam to hot water conversion

Centralized cooling plant

LED lighting upgrade

Controls optimization

Low-flow plumbing fixtures