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Energy Education

Energy 101

Why is it taking so long to transition away from fossil fuels when we know climate change is so urgent?

In order to promote new clean energy projects on the UVM campus and beyond, UVM students need a basic understanding of how the energy system works. What are the “true” costs of fossil fuels, renewables, conservation, and efficiency? How can we compare these resources on a level playing field so we know what’s best? How do intermittent resources, like solar and wind, plug into the grid? How do climate change, cost, and reliability influence energy policy?

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Energy Education in Labs

Energy education in laboratories will address over time three areas of campus energy management: reducing electricity consumption in labs, balancing lab ventilation needs with safety considerations, and implementing a laboratory building recommissioning program. By lowering energy use on campus through this initiative, the University of Vermont can reduce its climate impact while saving financial resources.

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