Energy Conservation at Macalester

Starting with FY 2015-2016, Macalester College has set a goal of a 3% reduction in overall energy consumption per year, with a cumulative goal of a 15% reduction in energy used in the following five year period. FY 2013-2014 was selected as the baseline period for measuring progress toward the consumption targets. In order to achieve these goals Macalester has increased its ongoing energy conservation efforts via the creation of a new energy manager position, participation in Xcel Energy’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Program, implementation of additional lighting efficiency and control projects, and the deployment of other new technologies.

Annual Energy Reports

Facilities Services annually reports consumption and cost data for the natural gas, fuel oil, electricity, and water consumed on Macalester’s campus.

Please contact Mike Pumroy at  if data from previous years is needed.

Energy Conservation Projects

Macalester College has made sizable investments in past & ongoing energy conservation projects, and in 2016 started tracking the expected energy savings from these efforts using the GRITS (Green Revolving Investment Tracking System), which is an initiative of the Sustainable Investments Institute.  The graph below shows the savings expected to be derived from investments made in energy conservation projects implemented during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Data from projects implemented prior to FY 2015-16 will be added in the near future.

Submeter Installation Project

The Facilities Services Department has partnered with Macalester College’s Sustainability Office and Mamac systems to install submeters on the electrical services serving the College’s major buildings. The data derived from the meters is used to identify buildings with the potential for energy conservation projects as well as to verify that the energy savings expected from completed projects was actually realized. After installation of the electrical submeters has been completed additional meters will be connected to condensate meters across campus.

In addition to the electric and condensate submeter described above, an E-Gauge meter has been installed to monitor the electricity produced by the photo-voltaic panels that were installed on the roof of Markim Hall in December 2015. Note: this link is accessible only from within Macalester’s local network:

Markim Hall Solar Panel E-Gauge Meter