About Energy Education
Washington and Lee has long been committed to environmental responsibility, and as a proud signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, is diligently working toward a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
In recent years the University has sponsored many infrastructure upgrades to improve energy efficiency on campus, including the installation of one of the largest solar arrays in the state of Virginia. The University recognizes, however, that equipment is just a piece of the waste reduction puzzle. It is how we use that equipment that will ultimately determine our success in eliminating energy waste.
In 2011 the W&L Energy Education Program was established to partner with all University constituents in changing our personal and institutional habits to streamline efficiency and eliminate energy waste. Since then the University has cut energy use per square foot by 40% and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 34%. Reducing our energy usage has also reduced costs. We've avoided over $5 million in utility bills, freeing up funds for mission-critical programs. And the best news of all is that we are just getting started.