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Campus Operations

Energy use
Energy use is one of the largest issues facing Stark State College from both a financial and environmental perspective. On an annual basis, our college spends more than $1 million on utilities, including electricity, natural gas and fuel oil. The majority of our energy is used in campus buildings for heating, cooling and lighting. As Stark State’s enrollment population expands we are focusing on energy efficiency and implementing alternative energy projects to responsibly manage our growth.

In accordance with H.B. 251, Stark State College is committed to reducing our building energy consumption by at least 20 percent by the end of fiscal year 2014 compared to fiscal year 2004 as the benchmark year. A secondary goal is to obtain, as much as possible, a similar reduction of carbon emission levels.

Energy conservation measures


  • Stark State is installing motion sensors in all classrooms, offices and restrooms and in all new construction and renovations.
  • All parking lot lights are connected to photo sensors and time clocks – they, too, come on only when needed.
  • Old T12 fixtures are being changed out for more-efficient T8 fixtures with environmentally safer bulbs; incandescent bulbs have been switched to compact fluorescent lamps.
  • All new construction, including the new Health Sciences Building, features upgraded, energy efficient T5 fixtures.
  • LED lighting, with no mercury content, is being used to illuminate exit signs, elevators and plaques and artwork.
  • Six hallways now rely on “daylighting” (natural light).

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems

  • Upgraded eight boilers in six different buildings on the main campus.
  • Used white roofing, reducing cooling costs and cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Installed a chilled water system for the College’s cooling system.
  • Retrofitted air handling equipment with variable frequency drives, saving energy by allowing the volume of air moved to match the system demand.
  • Replaced inefficient classroom uni-vents with heat pumps and installed heat recovery systems in renovations and new construction.
  • Installed a chilled water system for the College’s cooling system.
  • Expanded the building automation system used to monitor equipment, temperature set points and equipment schedules.


  • All computer CRT displays have been replaced with flat panel monitors, saving energy and reducing cooling costs.
  • The College is utilizing server virtualization, allowing several computer environments and
    applications to run on a single server instead of using one server for each application.
  • The power management features of Windows are being used to reduce PC power consumption when computers are not in use.