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Energy Conservation

Programs and Strategies

As part of the college’s efforts to become carbon neutral, energy use reduction is a key component. More than 60% of the campus’s greenhouse gas emissions are produced through energy production and use.

The College has reduced or eliminated greenhouse gas emissions through the following programs and strategies:

  • Since 2005 the college has constructed only LEED Silver buildings. These include residence halls, new Art and Interactive Multimedia Building, a new Library, a new School of Education, and a mixed use development called Campus Town.
  • The College has an energy efficient co-generation plant.
  • The Office of Building Services has completed the transition of cleaning chemicals over to Green Seal Certified, which will bring the College up to 90% of the chemicals being Green Seal Certified.
  • The institution has committed to the purchase of only Energy Star equipment and appliances where they exist in the marketplace.
  • The College has installed occupancy sensors in buildings including all common rooms, and conference rooms.
  • The College converted street lamps to compact fluorescent in 100% of all outdoor lighting fixtures.
  • The College has installed and uses solar photo-voltaic cells to power lights in the Maintenance Building.

For more on what the college is doing to conserve and reduce energy use, and for tips on how to reduce your and your office’s energy use, visit TCNJ’s Energy Conservation site.