Energy is a primary focus of the University of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan. The consumption of electricity and natural gas comprises 55% of USD’s 2010 carbon footprint. As the largest source of emissions, it is a primary target for reductions moving forward. Through a systematic approach to generate savings through efficiency and increased reliance on renewable energy, USD will be able to lower emissions and reduce costs moving forward.  Increased visibility through measurement will lead to an understanding of where and when energy is used to most effectively target reduction and optimization efforts. USD is already home to one of the largest rooftop solar installations on a college campus in the nation, with a 1.23 megawatt system atop 11 buildings across campus.  After the completion of energy optimization, the university will purchase cleaner and renewable energy directly. USD will then purchase renewable energy credits or offsets for the remaining energy consumed.
Diego Torero with Solar Panel 7% of USD's energy is generated by solar panels
Electric Cart USD has reduced natural gas consumption by 41% since 2010