Energy Conservation

Cal Lutheran has made a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by using electric vehicles on campus, retrofitting light bulbs and fixtures, constructing LEED-certified buildings, phasing out the use of water coolers and personal refrigerators, adopting a new campus lighting plan, retrofitting two buildings with "cool roofs," and re-evaluating temperature set-points for all campus buildings. During the last year, Cal Lutheran has reduced its energy consumption by 13% over initial projections!energy

The Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences,
Cal Lutheran's first LEED Certified Building, 2010. Watch a virtual tour


Our newest LEED Certified Building, 2014, Ullman Commons. Take a virtual tour.


Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • WALK to classes, to the cafe, grocery store, etc. whenever possible.
  • Car pool as often as you can.
  • Turn off lights, computers, TVs, etc. when not in use (and ask your roommates and colleagues to do the same).
  • Turn your thermostat up 2 degrees in the summer and down 2 degrees in the winter.
  • Purchase warm-hued lampshades and buy only CFL (flourescent) bulbs.
  • Install Smart Strips for appliances to avoid the "phantom menace" of idle currents.
  • Eat less meat
  • Purchase only (or at least mostly) locally-grown produce