Figure 1: Energy conservation efforts are encouraged in all buildings on campus through informational stickers and signage next to manual light switches. CI is in the process of retrofitting classrooms so that lights are occupancy-triggered, thus ensuring that energy won't be in use when people aren't present.

CSU Channel Islands, under the leadership of Department of Facilities Services (FS), has pursued energy conservation efforts on campus since our initial prioritization of sustainability at the beginning of the 2008-2009 academic year. As our campus is constantly growing in students, staff and buildings, our energy demands will also continue to increase. Considering this growth, electricity consumption and overall energy use are measured on a kilowatt-hour (kWh) and British Thermal Unit (BTU) per Full Time Equivalent Student (FTES) basis.


Figure 2: CSUCI's annual electricity usage continues to decrease compared to our baseline usage (average of 2008-2009 FY and 2009-2010 FY) despite our ever-growing campus community. Kilowatt hours (kWh) are normalized by Full Time Equivalent Students (FTES).

Figure 3: British Thermal Units (BTU) per Full Time Equivalent Student (FTES) are used to depict the total energy consumed by CSUCI year after year. On campus, we utilize natural gas, steam and electricity, so we use BTU as an equivalent unit for all three types of energy. With our consistently-growing student body, CI still manages to decrease our annual energy consumption and exceed our energy conservation goals due to the diligent efforts of our students, faculty and staff. In the 2016 fiscal year, we decreased our overall energy consumption by an all-time high of 32% compared to our baseline energy usage (an average of 2008-2009 FY and 2009-2010 FY). 

Energy Conservation Tips:

  • Use ceiling fans to cool off for less. Ceiling fans use about the same amount of electricity as a standard light bulb. However, be sure to turn fans off when you leave a room — they only cool people, not rooms.
  • Use CFL light bulbs rather than halogen light bulbs, which can get hot enough to become a fire hazard. CFL light bulbs use less energy and don’t get as hot. Make sure you’re using the appropriate CFL bulb for your light fixture – they come in various sizes and types for different lighting needs.
  • Use motion-detector lights for outdoor lighting – they’re convenient and efficient as they only use energy when they detect occupancy.
  • Avoid letting your car idle - an idling car wastes gas and pollutes the environment.
  • Save money, gas, and reduce pollution by carpooling, walking, biking, or using public transportation whenever possible.
  • Wear layers and use blankets or fans instead of adjusting the thermostat up or down at home or in the office.
  • Make sure to close windows and doors when running air handling units - they are ineffective at changing the temperature outside!
  • Make it a habit to turn off lights when you leave a room. Utilize natural light whenever possible.
  • Wash clothes in cold water – it cleans just as well without having to pay to heat it.
  • Unplug devices and appliances when not in use.

Figure 4: How Much Energy Do Appliances Use? via Public Utilities Commission

Energy Conservation Projects

  • Conducting lighting surveys campus-wide that help to determine best practices for electricity conservation
  • Conducting a temperature survey campus-wide by assessing whether room temperatures are within the prescribed band and calibrating thermostats for optimal energy performance
  • Performing EPA Energy Star bench-marking analyses and adding more Energy Star appliances
  • Conducting LEED-EBOM analyses on buildings campus-wide
  • Designing and developing a "low cost" solar retrofit system for current parking lot lights on campus
  • Exploring the feasibility of LED Lighting in Aliso Hall

...and recently completed

  • Converted Bell Tower's HVAC system to a more efficient VAV
  • Energy conservation encouragement stickers put up by light switches in all buildings on campus
  • Installed LED Lights in North Parking Lot and exploring feasibility of implementing LEDs campus-wide in the future