Clemson University Invests $45M To Support Net Zero Goals

Campus updates aim to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2025 and save over $3M a year through the 15-year contract.

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Clemson University expanded its 25-year partnership with Johnson Controls through a new $45M net zero campus initiative.

Through the campus-wide improvements, Clemson University is projected to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2025, a major milestone toward its 2030 carbon neutrality goal. The updates will foster a modernized environment for learning and living, while generating estimated savings of more than $3M annually throughout the 15-year contract.

The project will benefit the entire Clemson University community of approximately 28,000 students, 5,500 faculty and staff, and other key stakeholders including parents, potential students, visitors, vendors, and clients.

“At Clemson University, our purpose is ‘educating undergraduate and graduate students to think deeply about and engage in the social, scientific, economic, and professional challenges of our times,” said Tony Wagner, chief operating officer and executive vice president of finance and operations at Clemson University. “Understanding how we can contribute to a healthier planet for future generations is a big part of that mission statement. By expanding our partnership with Johnson Controls to make campus-wide sustainability updates, we are advancing toward our environmental targets while investing in our own student experience.”

Johnson Controls will install comprehensive energy conservation solutions, including LED lighting, laboratory controls, HVAC, and building envelope improvements. These deployments were selected after rigorous evaluations to identify solutions that will align with the university’s environmental goals while modernizing amenities to support a healthy, safe and rewarding student experience and cut operating costs.

Johnson Controls maintains a presence in nearly 3,000 North American colleges and universities, working with administrative and facilities teams to deliver campus environments that power critical outcomes.

“By setting concrete environmental targets and making tangible investments to reach them, Clemson University is helping to pave a path forward for sustainable higher education,” said Jenny Stentz, vice president of Innovation, Strategy and Portfolio Management, Building Solutions North America at Johnson Controls. “Net zero campuses drive critical outcomes for schools, from reduced building lifecycle costs to improved health and resiliency.”

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