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UMD buildings are heated by a central natural gas-fired heating plant with three main boilers. Although natural gas is relatively clean-burning, it is also a non-renewable fossil fuel that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. The electricity we purchase comes from Minnesota Power, and although they are committed to reducing emissions, the fuel mix is still dominated by coal. Energy efficiency, conservation and renewable investments are all important ways to reduce our carbon emissions.
Energy efficiency and conservation
UMD has earned 56 Energy Efficiency Project rebates from our conservation partners at Minnesota Power since 2007 (our baseline for Greenhouse Gas reporting), totaling almost $400,000.
How does reducing energy use and looking for clean energy sources help our campus?
- Saves money
- Reduces pollution and UMD’s greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute significantly to climate change
Green Revolving Fund
The UMD Green Revolving Fund invests in energy-saving projects at UMD to save energy and become a more sustainable campus. These projects provide long-term financial savings to the University, and energy rebates help to pay back into the fund, building equity and helping fund future projects.