Ecosystem’s project at DePauw University featured in the Autumn 2022 issue of IDEA’s District Energy Magazine. The private liberal arts campus in central Indiana worked with Ecosystem to turn an asset renewal project into an opportunity to enhance campus sustainability and decrease energy costs.
Starting with a Campus Energy Master Plan in 2019, Ecosystem outlined a long-term energy strategy that addressed the deferred maintenance and included a life-cycle cost analysis associated with the energy assets. The plan provided the university with concrete and actionable recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and improve operations and maintenance. Aligning with the plan, the university partnered with Ecosystem on an integrated design and construction project that included an overhaul of the heating and cooling networks, replacement of four miles of buried piping, and a steam to hot water conversion of the thermal plant.
With this project, DePauw University was able to achieve its ambitious goals related to energy savings, maintenance cost reductions, replacement of aging infrastructure, and creation of a system that is responsive to future growth. On average, the institution will reduce campus energy use by 33% and cut its GHG emissions by more than 7,300 tons annually.
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