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Honored for Being Green

By CSU San Marcos Communications
and CSU Public Affairs

Floyd Dudley II, CSU San Marcos assistant director of Energy and Engineering Services

Floyd Dudley II, CSU San Marcos assistant director of Energy and Engineering Services

The California State University’s commitment to sustainability is built on the foundation of efficient building design, construction, and operation of all 23 campuses.  Innovative and dedicated CSU employees are essential to reducing the energy demands of the system’s 936 buildings and $130 million in annual utility costs. 

Floyd Dudley II, the assistant director of Energy and Engineering Services at CSU San Marcos, is an example of this dedication to sustainability.  For his role in reducing the university’s energy consumption, the Association of Energy Engineers recognized Dudley as the 2010 Young Energy Professional of the Year.

Below are a few examples of the efficiency projects that Dudley helped make a reality:

To improve sustainability at CSUSM, Dudley led the Energy Savings Company project.  The project accomplished several goals – decreased energy consumption, reduced annual energy costs, and upgraded existing infrastructure – positioning the campus for future growth.  In just one year, CSUSM saved more than $1 million in utility costs due to these changes.

To improve sustainability at CSUSM, Dudley led the Energy Savings Company project. The project accomplished several goals – decreased energy consumption, reduced annual energy costs, and upgraded existing infrastructure – positioning the campus for future growth. In just one year, CSUSM saved more than $1 million in utility costs due to these changes.

Two key equipment upgrades involved expanding the energy capacity and efficiency of the university’s Central Plant by installing new chiller and boiler systems.  The new equipment maintains the existing needs of the campus and will now be able to meet the additional energy demands as the campus grows, which include CSUSM’s newest 106,500 square foot Social and Behavioral Sciences Building opening in 2011.

Two key equipment upgrades involved expanding the energy capacity and efficiency of the university’s Central Plant by installing new chiller and boiler systems. The new equipment maintains the existing needs of the campus and will now be able to meet the additional energy demands as the campus grows, which include CSUSM’s newest 106,500 square foot Social and Behavioral Sciences Building opening in 2011.

Among the university’s recently implemented water conservation projects, intelligent Calsense irrigation controllers were installed throughout the 304-acre campus.  This new system forecasts weather conditions to reduce or eliminate sprinkler cycles based on the environmental changes.  It can also detect underground leaks, remotely change water flow, and run diagnostic reports to ensure its optimum efficiency.

Among the university’s recently implemented water conservation projects, intelligent Calsense irrigation controllers were installed throughout the 304-acre campus. This new system forecasts weather conditions to reduce or eliminate sprinkler cycles based on the environmental changes. It can also detect underground leaks, remotely change water flow, and run diagnostic reports to ensure its optimum efficiency.

Dudley’s team of electricians retrofitted 60 emergency code blue stations with new 5-watt blue LED lights, replacing the station’s original 70-watt high-pressure sodium bulbs.  In addition to an overall consumption reduction of 38,000 kWh per year, the new LED lights shine brighter, are more visible, and have a longer life span.

Dudley’s team of electricians retrofitted 60 emergency code blue stations with new 5-watt blue LED lights, replacing the station’s original 70-watt high-pressure sodium bulbs. In addition to an overall consumption reduction of 38,000 kWh per year, the new LED lights shine brighter, are more visible, and have a longer life span.

The largest energy consumers on campus are CSUSM’s two applied sciences buildings.  They require significant power to maintain proper ventilation of laboratories.  Ensuring quality ventilation while avoiding wasted energy exerted during unoccupied times, such as in the late evening, Aircuity intelligent indoor air monitoring systems were programmed to adjust the rate of airflow based on building occupancy, saving the campus nearly $70,000 annually.

The largest energy consumers on campus are CSUSM’s two applied sciences buildings. They require significant power to maintain proper ventilation of laboratories. Ensuring quality ventilation while avoiding wasted energy exerted during unoccupied times, such as in the late evening, Aircuity intelligent indoor air monitoring systems were programmed to adjust the rate of airflow based on building occupancy, saving the campus nearly $70,000 annually.

From replacing lighting to optimizing building operations, Dudley and his team are continually evaluating the energy efficiency of the campus. Recently as a result of that analysis, the utility systems of three CSUSM buildings, Craven Hall, University Hall, and Kellogg Library (seen in the photo),  were retro-commissioned, resulting in the usage reductions of electricity by 30 percent, hot water heating by 53 percent and chilled water by 11 percent.

From replacing lighting to optimizing building operations, Dudley and his team are continually evaluating the energy efficiency of the campus. Recently as a result of that analysis, the utility systems of three CSUSM buildings, Craven Hall, University Hall, and Kellogg Library (seen in the photo), were retro-commissioned, resulting in the usage reductions of electricity by 30 percent, hot water heating by 53 percent and chilled water by 11 percent.

Pointing to the future sight of the planned fuel cell project, Dudley and his team explore additional improvements to further diversify the university’s energy sources.  By installing a fuel cell, the campus will be less subject to price fluctuations in the energy markets.  Beyond the cost-saving measures, a fuel cell will reduce emissions, increase energy supply reliability and lower CSUSM’s greenhouse gas footprint.

Pointing to the future site of the planned fuel cell project, Dudley and his team explore additional improvements to further diversify the university’s energy sources. By installing a fuel cell, the campus will be less subject to price fluctuations in the energy markets. Beyond the cost-saving measures, a fuel cell will reduce emissions, increase energy supply reliability and lower CSUSM’s greenhouse gas footprint.

Photographed outside the Central Plant with his mentor, CSUSM Director of Facility Services Ed Johnson, Dudley credits his team and the university community for the campus’s go-green attitude.  ''It’s a team effort,'' he explained.  ''Our entire campus shares this vision of sustainability.  We’re not only reducing our carbon footprint by lowering energy consumption, we’re also saving money that can instead be reinvested in the future growth of Cal State San Marcos.''

Photographed outside the Central Plant with his mentor, CSUSM Director of Facility Services Ed Johnson, Dudley credits his team and the university community for the campus’s go-green attitude. ''It’s a team effort,'' he explained. ''Our entire campus shares this vision of sustainability. We’re not only reducing our carbon footprint by lowering energy consumption, we’re also saving money that can instead be reinvested in the future growth of Cal State San Marcos.''

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