Energy & Water

Energy & Water

Sometimes it's what you can't see that makes the difference.

Oxy’s new 1-megawatt hillside solar array is the most visible sign of our commitment to sustainability. But it’s what you don’t see that can make the biggest difference in the long run.

Take the utility meters we installed on each campus building. Now we have the ability to monitor electricity, natural gas, and water use on a building-by-building basis. That means we can better monitor in the impact of our ongoing retrofit program that is installing low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, high-efficiency condensers, and motion-sensor lighting.

Or consider our duct-cleaning program and the installation of variable-frequency drive motors to run our campus heating and cooling systems. Unglamorous and invisible to everyone, these improvements increase system efficiency and reduce power usage.

Students have played a major role as well. Campus Dining and five other departments have teamed up to provide water canteens to all first-year students. The result: bottled water sales on campus dropped 26%. Those are results that everyone can see.