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Resource Use

Energy Usage

On average, the college uses 83,300 British Thermal Units per gross sqft. This is 31.1% less than the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) average for a higher education facility of 121,000 kBTU/gsf

Water Usage

Total water usage in 2014 was 70,588,162 gallons, a 23.4% reduction from 2008 levels. Potable water usage in 2014 totaled 44,454,530 gallons, an 8.2% reduction from 2008, and averaged to 17,644 gallons per weighted campus user, a 14.6% reduction from 2008 levels.


  • In an upgrade to housing facilities, the Western Ridge Apartments and Bemis Hall have been outfitted with LED lighting.
  • By installing Verismic PC power management software in all computer labs on campus, ITS estimates a 70% reduction in energy usage by lab computers.
  • In 2015, 325 new showerheads with a flow rate of 1.5g/m (gallons per minute) were installed, replacing fixtures with flow rates varying from 2 to 2.5g/m.
  • Wastewater from campus is treated with UV light by Colorado Springs Utilities instead of gaseous chlorine and exceeds permit requirements before its release into water bodies.