Seeing campus energy use decline by 42% over the next few years may seem like a tall order, but measurable progress is being made. Recent data shows that SUNY Canton continues to reduce its use of electricity, natural gas and water according to figures tabulated by Pat Hanss, Assistant Facilities Program Coordinator. Electricity use dropped 9.35% over the past year. Campus electricity use actually grew between 01-02 and 04-05, but has dropped 16.6% over the past four years. In 2008-2009 SUNY Canton used 7193.5 megawatts of electricity.
Natural gas consumption for heating has seen a similar trend, declining about 8.4% over the past year. Total usage in 2008-2009 was 75,559 MCF of natural gas. After fluctuating in the early part of the decade, gas use is down 19.7% since the 04-05!
Water consumption has also dropped measurably in recent years—44% since 02-03. Figures over the past year have also been impressive. The campus used 1,722,000 fewer gallons of water in 2008-2009, or 9.4% less water than it did the preceding year.