In order of magnitude, UCF’s main sources of emissions are: transportation, buildings, waste, and natural resources management. The long term plan to lessen the University’s environmental footprint focuses on two key goals: the inclusion of renewable energy and the achievement of carbon neutrality by 2050.
With a Presidential mandate that renewable energy makes up 15% of our total energy consumption by 2020, the University of Central Florida has employed several successful small-scale renewable installations on campus, many of which have been grants or awards due to the economics, limited hours of useful sun, or budgetary constraints. The department also strives to integrate “solar ready” infrastructure to newly constructed buildings to prepare for future Photovoltaic installations.
Our mission is to educate, enact strategies, and provide opportunities to increase our renewable portfolio in order to minimize the campus footprint and advance research to the students, staff, and local UCF community.