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Florida State University Energy Management


Energy is a major expense for Florida State University. We are striving to lower energy cost, which also reduces our carbon footprint. Visit our site and see what we are doing at Florida State University.

Measure - Reduce - Verify Results

Reducing energy and resource usage is an ongoing process. Even though we are in a period of time where utility rates are stable, saving energy does save money. Over the past decade, Florida State University has followed the principle that to improve, we need to measure. The result has been reductions in our total usage per square foot of utilities. Click here to see what we measure.

Our energy approach is extremely simple. We want to achieve a 7 year or less payback on all energy projects. The calculation is also simple. We divide the estimated project cost by the estimated savings. Projects that meet the 7 year requirement are executed. Low ROI projects are bypassed in favor of better projects. By promoting projects with the best returns, we maximize energy savings and sustainability efforts.

Our project evaluation process follows a modified R&D Stage Gate* type of developmental process. A project passes through the following gates:

Ideation, Scoping, Feasibility, Design/Peer Review, Construction/Commissioning

A project can either be eliminated, approved, or sent back for additional review at any of the gates. Only the best projects make it to the active projects list. The goal is to focus our limited resources on the right projects that deliver the greatest return for Florida State University.

*The Stage Gate process was designed for new product development to assure that only the best products were launched. The actual Stage Gate process has gates that focus on the process development and commercialization phases that should occur prior to product launch.