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Energy and Utility Management

Facilities Management implements a prioritized, cost-effective approach for managing energy and utilities with goals of improving reliability, saving energy, and reducing the university’s carbon footprint.

Facilities Management is responsible for managing and maintaining all aspects of UMBC’s energy and utility infrastructure, including:

•   Procurement of energy resources (electricity, natural gas, water & sewer services, and emergency fuel oil)

•   Distribution of electricity, natural gas, and water services throughout the campus

•   Generation and distribution of chilled water for campus cooling and hot water for campus heating

•   Operation and control of HVAC systems

•   Maintenance of associated infrastructure (transformers, switchgear, wiring, chillers, boilers, pumps, piping, valves, fans, ductwork, etc.)

•   Specialized engineering and technical support for construction projects


Energy usage accounts for about 60% of UMBC’s carbon footprint (45% from electricity and 15% from natural gas), and about half of UMBC’s energy usage is attributed to air conditioning and heating. In addition to maintaining/upgrading electrical and mechanical equipment, efficient operations of HVAC systems and behavioral awareness are essential to reducing UMBC’s utility bills and carbon footprint. For more information about energy use on campus please visit the Energy Section of the UMBC Climate Action Dashboard.