TULSA, OK, January 16, 2019 – University of Tulsa President Gerard Clancy and the TU Board of Trustees have announced a partnership with the Dallas-based energy conservation firmÂ CenergisticÂ to implement a new energy sustainability program that will increase technology, scaling capacity and organizational continuity among the universityâ€™s physical plant systems.
Cenergistic services will help TU redirect money from utility costs to improve classroom technology by managing energy and sustainability initiatives in TU Physical Plant. TU has a long history of engaging in sustainability projects including reducing water consumption among common campus areas, eliminating paper usage by moving to electronic records, installing solar panels, implementing recycling initiatives and adding educational content to its website about off-campus conservation strategies. TU also is home to a sustainability committee featuring faculty, staff and students who encourage campus engagement and conduct environmentally friendly research. Teaming up with Cenergistic reinforces TUâ€™s priorities on further reducing energy usage, capturing additional cost savings and providing more resources for the Physical Plant staff.
â€œOur partnership with Cenergistic will help us close funding and personnel gaps, allowing us to spend our budget where it matters: providing students an exceptional education with the appropriate resources, said Jason Grunin, TU assistant vice president of business and energy. â€œEvery dollar we save on energy helps us further the environment, experience and education of our students.â€
Two energy specialists will be deployed to TU, equipped with Cenergisticâ€™s Ceres cloud-based, machine learning software, which includes real-time alerts, to augment optimization of TUâ€™s equipment and energy usage across all university buildings and facilities. Cenergistic also provides remote and onsite engineering and measurement and verification experts.
â€œCenergistic is thrilled to partner with The University of Tulsa to implement our Energy Sustainability program. With our full-time onsite energy specialists equipped with the latest software working to ensure all facilities and systems are functioning at peak efficiency, coupled with an organizational behavior-based approach to energy conservation, we believe the university will see great success in both cost and energy savings,â€ said Dr. Randy Hoff, vice chairman of Cenergistic. â€œIt is our mission that, with help from everyone in the organization, we will create a culture of sustainability that will progress into the future.â€
The Energy Sustainability Program will help TU qualify its buildings for ENERGY STARÂ® certification with the Environmental Protection Agency. University officials also look forward to strengthening the mindset of conservation and a culture of sustainability among staff and students prompted by the Cenergistic partnership.
For 33 years Cenergistic has helped over 1,450 K-12 districts, institutions of higher education, governments and healthcare facilities find more than $5.3B in hidden electricity, natural gas and water savings by applying our advanced Ceresâ„¢Â software platform and sustainability-as-a-service solutions on their campuses. Superintendents, CFOs, COOs and board members can reduce energy and water spending by 20-30% annually with no capital investment, while improving the comfort and quality of classroom and building environments, helping students and employees achieve their full potential. For ten consecutive years, Cenergistic has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as ENERGY STARÂ® Partner of the Year. To learn more visitÂ www.cener2staging.wpengine.com.