When building the Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences, The Inn at Ohio Northern University and the Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building, energy conservation was an important part of the design and construction process. High-efficiency water heaters, HVAC systems and lighting were installed in both buildings in addition to increased insulation, low-flow fixtures, and dual or automatic flushing toilets. The Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building is a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building.
Sustainable living is not only good for the planet, but also for budgets. Living in on-campus housing provides students with the opportunity to take individual responsibility for their carbon footprint. In addition to educational and practical programming, students also will see stickers on every light switch that say "Do your part... Conserve Energy. Turn lights OFF when leaving." Individuals can conserve energy by taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet while brushing their teeth, and maintaining reasonable temperatures in their apartments or residence hall rooms.
ONU’s fleet of hybrid and electric campus vehicles reduces the University’s dependence on fossil fuels.
A joint investigative effort (as a corollary to the Master Plan) by Plugsmart, MetroCD Engineering and Bodie Electric has provided in-depth analysis identified the major buildings with room for energy improvements – everything from outside lighting, the type of lighting used internally, windows, outmoded motors, etc. Although an initial investment would be required, the energy savings could add up to millions of dollars and paybacks should be promising.