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Climate Neutral Research Campuses

Technology Options

Technology Options

Develop a portfolio of measures across the campus.

Research campuses consume more energy per square foot than most facilities. They also have greater opportunities to reduce energy consumption, implement renewable energy systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and set an example of climate neutrality.

This website provides research campuses a five-step process to develop and implement climate action plans.

  1. Determine Baseline Energy Consumption
  2. Analyze Technology Options
  3. Prepare a Plan and Set Priorities
  4. Implement the Climate Action Plan
  5. Measure & Evaluate Progress

The process follows a logical hierarchy of actions to evaluate options by energy sector and set specific targets. It encompasses every energy system on campus, recognizing that campus-wide measures have greater potential for reducing carbon emissions. Use the Climate Action Planning Tool to determine which technology options will have the most impact on your campus.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed this website with support from Labs21—a former joint venture of the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories has adopted all Labs21 resources and continues to develop new sustainable laboratory resources.

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Labs21 Approach Climate Action Planning Tool for Research Campuses