Johnson expands Clemson University partnership

  • November 30, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Johnson Controls has expanded its 25-year partnership with Clemson University in South Carolina under a $45m net zero campus initiative that will generate savings to fund the entire project.

Through the campus-wide improvements, Clemson University is projected to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2025, a major milestone towards its 2030 carbon neutrality goal. The updates aim to foster a modernised environment for learning and living, while generating estimated savings of more than $3m annually throughout the 15-year contract.

“By setting concrete environmental targets and making tangible investments to reach them, Clemson University is helping to pave a path forward for sustainable higher education,” said Jenny Stentz, vice president at Johnson Controls. “Net zero campuses drive critical outcomes for schools, from reduced building lifecycle costs to improved health and resiliency. We are proud to work with the Clemson University facilities team to bring these outcomes to their campus to better serve students, staff and faculty.”

The project will benefit the entire Clemson University community of approximately 28,000 students, 5500 faculty and staff, and other key stakeholders including parents, potential students, visitors, vendors and clients. An advisor to the university since 1998, Johnson Controls is the sole provider of building automation systems in more than 100 campus buildings.

“At Clemson University, our purpose is educating undergraduate and graduate students to think deeply about and engage in the social, scientific, economic and professional challenges of our times,” said Tony Wagner, chief operating officer at Clemson University. “Understanding how we can contribute to a healthier planet for future generations is a big part of that mission statement. By expanding our partnership with Johnson Controls to make campus-wide sustainability updates, we are advancing towards our environmental targets while investing in our own student experience.”

Johnson Controls will install energy conservation technology, including LED lighting, laboratory controls, HVAC and building envelope improvements. These deployments were selected after evaluations to identify technology that will align with the university’s environmental goals while modernising amenities to support a healthy and safe student experience and cut operating costs.

Johnson Controls maintains a presence in nearly 3000 North American colleges and universities, working with administrative and facilities teams. The company has a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries.

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