Energy Systems and Sustainability Management

As part of Campus Facilities Administration and Services, our focus is to help Syracuse University use resources more effectively. From automated energy and building systems, steam and chilled water production, energy conservation to campus sustainability programs, we work throughout the entire university community to efficiently create and maintain comfortable, sustainable, and high performance campus environments.

Energy Management

We make campus building systems run efficiently and on schedules that meet occupants’ needs. From installing automated controls in new and existing buildings to maintaining, troubleshooting and replacing existing equipment, most of what we do is behind the scenes yet our results are very tangible.

24-Hour Energy Management Operations Center

The operations center team monitors and schedules the heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and building access control systems in campus buildings and provides after hour maintenance dispatch for Physical Plant and Housing.

Energy Management Systems

Responsible for the ongoing maintenance and operations of existing automated heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and building access (security) control systems.

Orange Automation

Manages new installations of automated heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and access (security) control systems for both new and existing buildings.

Campus Temperature Policy

Contact Us: 285 Ainsley Drive, Syracuse, NY 13244-6400. Phone: 315-443-1535

Steam Station and Chilled Water Plant

Syracuse University’s Steam Station produces steam around the clock, 365 days a year. The steam, probably best known for heating most Main Campus buildings, also runs SU’s Chilled Water Plant turbine during the warmer months, providing chilled water to many Main Campus buildings for air conditioning. Other campus building operations that may rely on steam include domestic hot water production, sterilization, cooking and humidification. Some steam is also sold to neighboring hospitals and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Steam service is metered and costs are allocated monthly to users.

Syracuse University operates a central chilled water plant for summer cooling of various main campus buildings with two 3200 ton Carrier steam driven, centrifugal machines. The Plant was constructed in the late 1960’s with an addition in the early 1970’s. A building addition was contructed in 2003, between the existing Chilled Water Plant and the Steam Station Garage is where the new machine is housed. Various pumps, electrical equipment, air compressors, and associated piping, are also present.

The plant operates a 4 cell cooling tower with maximum circulation rate of 11,500 gallons with a sump of 86,000 gallon capacity. The closed system consists of a 500,000 gallon system which circulates at a maximum rate of 8000 gallons per minute.

Contact Us: 500 East Taylor Street, Syracuse, NY 13244-6400. Phone: 315-443-3328

Sustainability Management

Sustainability efforts at Syracuse University are coordinated by the Sustainability Management team in the office of Energy Systems and Sustainability Management (ESSM).

The University also has a Campus Sustainability Committee. This committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students and meets twice a semester to review and discuss sustainable initiatives on campus. Another group of faculty oversees the Campus as a Lab for Sustainability (CALS) program.

The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems and the Environmental Finance Center (and Center for Sustainable Community Solutions) are key partners in sustainability research and outreach at Syracuse University.

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