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. 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. 

7% of USD's energy is generated by solar panels.

Emissions from energy consumption (electricity and natural gas) 55%

USD has reduced natural gas consumption by 41% since 2010.