Energy Management

Reducing Our Energy Costs and Managing Our Resources

Our energy management team is committed to helping us determine how best to reduce our energy costs and manage our resources better and more efficiently.   As well, the HVAC shop falls into this area and the Energy Management team is directly involved with solving any problems that arise with heating and cooling on campus.

Officially, this team is responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating the University’s energy program in such a manner that it meets the highest standards and to bring the greatest value to the University and its customers.  One of their most notable projects is the conversion to cost-saving LED lights across campus.  The effects are perhaps most noticeable on High Street at night where a line of bright, clean lights traces the north border of campus.  This crew is also responsible for the Building Automation Systems (BASs) across campus.  They are able, in buildings that are equipped, to see heating and cooling issues and their causes as well as, in many cases, rectify those situations.  

Curtailing the Escalating Costs and Committing to Sustainability

This initiative was driven by two main forces:

  • First is our need to help curtail the escalating costs associated with running Longwood University as prices keep creeping ever higher for electricity, oil, water, and the sawdust we use as the main fuel to fire our boilers;
  • Second is our commitment to sustainability on two sides: economic, as seen in the previous driving force for this department; and environmental.  We accomplish this by:
    • Using more renewable resources that also reduce the amount of pollutant byproducts created and
    • Cutting back on nonrenewable resources while, at the same time, fighting to reduce our carbon footprint.

Current Projects

  • LED upgrades
  • Controls Upgrades
  • Implementing BAS Standards
  • Investigating Demand Response Program


  • Retrofitted the parking garage with an LED lighting system
  • Retrofitted High Street lights with LEDs
  • Upgraded campus management system to Tridium AX
  • Performance Contract Updates
  • Added occupancy sensors to Hull and Grainger
  • Ranked 11th among 58 reporting Commonwealth agencies for energy efficiency
  • Ranked 3rd among Commonwealth public higher education agencies for energy efficiency
  • Consumed 32,492 BTUs of total energy per building GSF (2003 DOE average for education buildings between 10,000 and 100,000 GSF was 78,600 BTUs per building GSF)
  • Consumed 13.14 kWh of electrical energy per building GSF (includes all electrical consumption)
  • In 2008 Longwood has already surpassed EO-48 Goal

EO-19 Report

The following Executive Order 19 Report was prepared by Kevin Miller for Longwood University.

As stated by the Commonwealth of Virginia:

"The Commonwealth, in performing a multitude of critical functions and operations, like other large organizations and business enterprises, has a significant impact on the environment. It is imperative that in every aspect of state government activity, we act as conscientious stewards of our resources and operate in a manner that to every extent possible minimizes the impact of our operations on Virginia’s environment, while being prudent with taxpayer dollars." 

For further information on Executive Order 19 please visit the Virginia State Government web page.