• ONU’s fleet of hybrid and electric campus vehicles reduces the University’s dependence on fossil fuels. Additionally, the University recently purchased its first electric, zero-turn lawn mower and has plans to convert all campus grounds equipment–from utility vehicles to lawn mowers to leaf flowers– from gasoline/diesel to electric.
• ONU converted all exterior lighting as well as the interior lighting in several major buildings from halogen and incandescent to energy efficient LED lighting. In total, 10,162 lighting fixtures were retrofitted.
• Working with PlugSmart, an Ameresco company, ONU installed an automation and control system in approximately 90 percent of campus buildings in order to remotely control and monitor energy utilization in each building. The system alerts ONU to energy spikes caused by equipment failure, and allows staff to remotely adjust HVAC and heating levels to reduce energy usage during academic breaks.
• Four solar-powered picnic tables on campus have LED panels on the picnic tables’ umbrellas that capture the sun’s energy and power USB ports that can charge laptops, cell phones and tablets.
• The Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building is a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building.