The main campus of the University of Florida uses approximately 470,000 MWh of power from Progress Energy annually, and spent roughly $43 million for electricity in 2010. Because the majority of our energy comes from fossil fuel sources, such as coal and natural gas, energy use in our buildings is the primary contributor to UF’s carbon footprint.
UF Physical Plant Department, Facilities Planning and Construction and our Auxiliaries Maintenance staff are working hard to reduce energy use by constructing more efficient buildings, managing building temperatures with programs such as holiday setbacks, retrofitting lighting systems, and doing maintenance and through renovations to heating, ventilation and air condition systems across campus.
In 2006, UF president J. Bernard Machen was the first to sign the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, committing to reduce our carbon emissions and educate our campus community about climate change. The University of Florida has completed carbon inventory for 2004-05 (see below) as a baseline of 418,000 MTCO2e, and is working on an inventory tool that will regularly update. UF has also published a climate action plan and set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.