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Energy Overview

The George  Mason University  Energy Department  plan is to aggressively pursue energy-saving
activities and to provide adequate  support of these activities to consume energy in the most effi-
cient manner  possible.  A building should function productively; it should use energy  economically,
make the work place more comfortable, and react automatically to  weather conditions.  It is a fact:

  • 40% of the world’s energy is consumed by buildings
  • 21% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide comes from building’s energy usage
  • Building owners are under pressure to reduce energy consumption.

Since FY2005, Mason has initiated two Energy  Performance Savings Contracts with Siemens Industry,
Inc. totaling 16.7 million  dollars.  The 40 energy improvement  measures yield 2.5 million dollars in
savings annually.  The Energy Management Department also used funds  returned from the curtailment
program to complete a thermal blanket insulation  project that will yield savings of 2.5 million dollars
over a 15 year period  and a payback of 13 months.  The  reduction of GHG emissions for all three pro-
jects is 20,505 metric tons of CO2  annually.

Equivalency Results 20,505 metric tons CO2

Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 5,379 passenger vehicles
CO2 emissions from 3,075,077 gallons of gasoline consumed
CO2 emissions from 63,790 barrels of oil consumed
CO2 emissions from 362 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline
CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 3,420 homes for one year
CO2 emissions from the energy use of 2,380 homes for one year
Carbon sequestered by 703,325 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
Carbon sequestered annually by 5,848 acres of pine or fir forests
Carbon sequestered annually by 273 acres of forest preserved from deforestation
CO2 emissions from 1,142,904 propane cylinders used for home barbeques
CO2 emissions from 150 burning railcars’ worth of coal
Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by 9,557 recycling tons of waste instead of sending it to the landfill
Annual CO2 emissions of 0.0069 coal fired power plants

George Mason University has made a commitment to do our  part to save energy and help protect our
environment.  With your help, we can do  even more.
If you have concerns or ideas that would help Mason  save energy, please send them to pbuchan2@gmu.edu