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Conserving Energy

Pace University has demonstrated an active role in energy management since 1973. The University has implemented over 350 projects, aimed at conserving electricity, natural gas, steam or water, resulting in several million dollars of total savings. Some examples include: more efficient heating and cooling systems, automatic temperature control, occupancy sensors and low flow showers, faucets and toilets.

As of 2017, Pace University has partnered with Cenergistic, an energy conservation consulting firm from Dallas, Texas, to take our energy conservation efforts to the next level. The main focus is to eliminate wasteful habits, such as leaving the air conditioning on in unoccupied spaces. Through our energy conservation efforts, we hope to achieve a 25% reduction in total energy use by 2020.

Not only will this program reduce Pace University’s operating budget, it will also positively impact our environment by combatting climate change and pollution. Remember in order to generate electricity, fossil fuels are burned which emita greenhouse gases as well as, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, mercury, arsenic and lead.

The University community can help the energy conservation effort by


  • Turn off unused or unneeded lights
  • Use natural lighting instead of electric lighting whenever possible
  • Use task lighting instead of ambient light sources
  • Report outside or parking lot lights that remain on during the day

Computers, Monitors, and Printers

  • Keep off unless in use
  • Enable power management “sleep mode” features
  • Limit screensavers to 15 minutes
  • Limit 'vampiric' energy drain by unplugging electronics when not in use

Heating and Cooling

  • Dress appropriate to the season and keep thermostats at 68 in the winter and 76 for air conditioned spaces in the summer
  • During the heating season, open blinds, drapes and curtains to let sun in or, if no sun, close them to keep the heat in. During the cooling season close blinds, drapes and curtains where available to block sun
  • Set back your thermostat if you are leaving the room for an extended time

Windows and Doors

  • Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air conditioned areas
  • Close vestibule doors when propped open

Please email any energy related questions to Ryan McEnany, Director, Energy & Resiliency at:


Community Carbon Project

Pace was the first institution in the city to support NYC's Community Carbon Program in 2017. Partnering with Urban Offsets, a global leader in developing sustainable urban-based climate resiliency programs and corporations, Pace supported the New York Restoration Project's (NYRP) spring 2017 tree giveaway program throughout the five boroughs. More information on the project can be found here.