Trane is collaborating with colleges and universities to support the very mission of higher education. Trane has ways to improve campus sustainability and reduce operating costs, while improving the indoor air quality that contributes to effective learning environments and comfortable on-campus living.
Trane considers the objectives for individual buildings, while looking at campus energy use from a holistic point of view.
Read our case studies to see how Trane is supporting our higher education customers.
For Edmonds Community College (EdCC), it was like the perfect storm. The college had lost 30 percent of its funding due to state budget cuts, utility costs were continuing to increase and its aging systems were in need of upgrade, as exemplified by a recent boiler failure. At the same time, the community college adopted a new bottom-up sustainability initiative supported by its students and staff. EdCC joined other colleges and universities in committing to the elimination of net greenhouse gas emissions by becoming a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Signatory institutions agree to complete an emissions inventory, set a target date for becoming climate neutral, take immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and integrate sustainability into its educational experience. The college believes that exerting leadership in sustainability is an integral part of its mission and that doing so will reduce its long-term energy costs, attract excellent students and faculty, help obtain new sources of funding, and increase the support of alumni and local communities. The community college sought to upgrade systems and improve comfort levels of its twenty-two building campus, while staying true to its sustainability commitments, energy efficiency goals and budgetary requirement.
In the spring of 2009, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) embarked on a $36.1 million energy savings contract (ESCO)
with Trane. The ESCO addressed $20 million in needed but deferred maintenance, and $16.1 million in energy efficient upgrades on the campus. Construction was scheduled to last through the spring of 2011, but the project was completed in the
fall of 2010, six months ahead of schedule. By June of 2010, 100 percent of the lighting retrofits were complete and the geothermal heating/cooling system was fully operational. These projects had already generated more than $500,000 in energy and operating cost savings before project completion.