The Master Plan

During 2010, in order to work towards the goals of energy and greenhouse gas reduction, CUMC embarked on a campus-wide energy audit and the creation of an energy master plan based on the results of those findings. The purpose of the plan was to move the Medical Center forward towards meeting the University’s and New York City’s energy and greenhouse gas reduction objectives.

The master plan discussions focused on CUMC’s goals of finding sustainable energy solutions to reduce its carbon footprint, energy intensity and the energy-related costs and reliability associated with the operation of the campus. CUMC also set a goal of improving the air quality and work environment for the students, faculty, and staff.

The master plan concentrated not only on how CUMC’s facilities use energy, the demand side, but also how energy is acquired and purchased, the supply side. This understanding that supply and demand side planning is equally important enabled a holistic review of how CUMC uses and pays for energy and the impact of these sources on the environment. The master plan looked at electricity, natural gas, oil and water.

The scope of the master plan included the following areas for evaluation across the CUMC campus:

  • Benchmark energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Review current energy procurement methods and develop a strategy to reduce costs
  • Identify demand response opportunities
  • Identify funding opportunities for this study and future energy projects
  • Develop fuel switching strategies
  • Review energy purchase agreements
  • Perform an ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit of energy and water
  • Perform a retro commissioning study
  • Identify building automation system potential
  • Review energy reliability sufficiency
  • Assess LEED potential
  • Assess CHP potential
  • Identify metering opportunities
  • Identify sustainable best practices for data centers, laboratories and refrigeration

Click here to see the initial presentation of the completed energy master plan.

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