Sustainability Department Enhances Digital Energy Usage to Track and Improve Energy
Management Across Stony Brook University's Campus
Stony Brook University’s Sustainability Department, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness, has developed a new way to track energy usage across campus and at Stony Brook Hospital,
paving the way for future energy-reduction projects and sustainability initiatives.
Pictured: (L to R) Sean V. Hoffman, Senior Analytics Developer in the office of Institutional
Research, Planning & Effectiveness seated next to Christian Guzman, Assistant Energy
Manager in the Office of Energy Management.
The proprietary Energy Dashboard displays real-time energy usage across West, East and South campuses, as well as
the Research & Development Park and Southampton’s campus. Users can toggle between
total energy usage amounts and energy use intensity (EUI), measured as kBtu (kilo-British
thermal unit) per square foot for each building on campus.
Annual Energy Costs are also displayed, along with tips to help reduce energy usage
in an individual building based on building classification. For example, in the University’s
Chemistry building, small changes such as keeping fume hood sashes closed, raising
the temperature on lab freezers, and turning off lights when a room is not occupied
can help conserve resources and decrease energy usage.
Each building's energy data is now able to be displayed on a live dashboard showing
energy consumption across time, and the percentage of total usage by energy type (heating,
cooling and/or electric). The dashboard also allows viewers to compare energy usage
between different buildings and includes a calendar that updates total energy usage
for each day during the course of the year.
The Sustainability Department aims to increase data transparency of energy usage across
campus in order to encourage University faculty, staff and students to conserve and
better utilize resources as well as reach University goals associated with energy
To view a video demonstration of the updated website and dashboards, click here.