OCCC Energy Conservation Program

 

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Policy, Objectives and Goals

Oklahoma Senate Bill 1096 established the 20x2020 State Facilities Energy Program and directs all 20x2020 LogoState agencies and higher education institutions to achieve at least a 20 percent energy consumption savings by fiscal year (FY) 2020, as compared to the baseline established in FY 2012.  State agencies are also directed to comply through the development and implementation of organizational behavior-based or performance-based energy conservation programs.

In turn, the OCCC Board of Regents established Internal Operating Policy No. 135 on August 20, 2012.  The policy states:

 ‘The Board of Regents of Oklahoma City Community College embraces energy conservation.  The Board recognizes that energy conservation is dependent upon the efforts and cooperation of all members of the college community.  The college president and his or her designees are authorized to develop and implement an organizational behavior-based or performance-based energy conservation program, including but not limited to the selection of a qualified vendor to assist in the development and implementation of the program.  The Board authorizes the president and his or her designees to make every reasonable effort to conserve energy and natural resources within the exercise of sound financial management.  The success of energy conservation efforts shall be the joint responsibility of the Board of Regents, the college administration, faculty, staff and students.’

The OCCC Strategic Management Plan was developed to guide the establishment and implementation of the OCCC Energy Conservation Program through the development and integration of an energy awareness culture with OCCC operations, while emphasizing behavior-based energy conservation. 

The objective of the plan is to meet the State mandated energy goals through energy conservation without sacrificing reasonable occupant comfort levels. 

EnergyCAP Energy Management Software will be used to track and monitor energy and water consumption and costs. Even though water is becoming more of a concern in Oklahoma, it is not included in the mandated energy goals.  The 20 percent reduction by FY 2020 applies only to electricity and natural gas consumption.       

Energy Management Steering Committee (EMSC)

The Energy Management Steering Committee is a college community representative group consisting of managers, faculty, staff and students established to guide the OCCC Energy Conservation Program and to champion energy policy compliance.   

EMSC members:

  • Chris Snow, Executive Director of Facilities Management (Chairman)
  • Trey Lewis, Energy Manager (Secretary)
  • Dr. John Boyd, Chief Financial Officer
  • Dave Anderson, Vice President for Information Technology
  • Dan Gurka, Building Maintenance and Operations Manager
  • Alan Stringfellow, Registrar
  • Deirdre Steiner, Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations
  • Max Simmons, Dean, Mathematics, Engineering and Physical Science
  • Greg Gardner, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Erin Logan, Director of Student Life and Acting Director of Emergency Planning and Risk Management

Energy Conservation Working Group (ECWG)

The Energy Conservation Working Group is a group of technical subject matter experts, consisting of Facilities Management, Information Technology, and Campus Police personnel, who play an instrumental role in the OCCC Energy Conservation Program by advising the Energy Management Steering Committee on technical matters and resolving operational and technical energy conservation issues.   

ECWG Members:

  • Trey Lewis, Energy Manager (Facilitator)
  • Chris Snow, Director of Facilities Management
  • Rob Gregg, Director of Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Tim Whisenhunt, Director of Technology Support Services
  • Daniel Piazza, Chief of Police
  • Martha Constant, Project Design Specialist
  • Dan Gurka, Building Maintenance and Operations Manager
  • Kevin Brannan, Building and Campus Services Manager
  • Jason Edds, Facilities Management Assistant

Best Energy Practices on Campus

As an energy consumer, you can make a difference by taking the following steps to reduce energy consumption in offices, classrooms, laboratories and work areas:

  • Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  • Turn off computers, monitors, speakers, and printers when not in use.
  • Unplug all chargers when not in use.
  • Keep doors and windows closed when heating, ventilation, and air- conditioning (HVAC) systems are in use.
  • Close window blinds and angle them up when leaving for the day.
  • If able, take the stairs instead of the elevator and open doors manually.

Energy Tips 

Keeping doors closed between conditioned and unconditioned spaces will help cut down on energy waste:

  • Doors are often left open after deliveries or to create a breeze through a building.
  • Having these doors open when they are not in use increases the load on your building's HVAC system.
  • Large loading doors are particularly problematic.
  • If you identify doors that are often left open, educate your colleagues and consider posting signs to encourage them to shut the door on energy waste.

By making simple changes in our everyday lives, we can improve the planet we all share. To assist, the OCCC Energy Conservation Department provides these green tips to all interested in finding ways to protect the Earth. You can view our Green tips by clicking  here .

Energy Savings

Every OCCC faculty, staff and student member is a key player in our energy conservation efforts to meet our goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by the end of Fiscal Year 2012.  Thanks to the college community, we saved the following amount of energy during Calendar Year 2015:

  • 9,035 Megawatt-Hours of Electric and Natural Gas Energy
  • This is enough energy to power 828 average American homes for one year!
  • This also prevents the release of 6,483 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere!

All of this was accomplished by simply turning off energy consuming systems and equipment when they were not needed! 

Contacts and Links:

Energy Manager:  Trey Lewis

Phone: (405) 682-1611 Extension 7756

Email: trey.lewis@occc.edu

 

Energy Links:

Energy Hog

Energy Star

Environmental Protection Agency

OG&E SmartHours

Sustainability

Oklahoma First Energy Plan

Association of Energy Engineers

Green Drivers: Tips for Eco Friendly Commuting

The Center for Green Schools

Guide to Home Energy Efficiency